Sheriff Chris KaberKlamath County Sheriff's Office
3300 Vandenberg Rd
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
About Sheriff Kaber
Sheriff Chris Kaber was sworn in as sheriff on January 3, 2017.
About the Klamath County Sheriff's Office
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Spring, 2017 – Since taking office as Klamath County sheriff, I’ve been looking forward to sharing what I’ve come to know in that time. What is encouraging is how hardworking and willing to serve the public I’ve found employees at the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office to be. And not just the employees, but volunteers as well. There are close to 100 volunteers giving of their time and talent serving us. They are quietly going about their civic service without much notice. Unless someone is lost, injured in a remote area, trapped in the woods or water, or desperate for help, the public may not ever think about search and rescue, dive rescue, mounted posse, or other volunteers who train and are ready to help. I am looking for any opportunity to highlight their efforts.
There are currently 71 employees running the year-round public safety, county level, law enforcement effort in Klamath County. This number is down 20% from what our current budget allows. We are working to raise our staffing to a minimum number of 87. This is occurring, with considerable effort, by seeking qualified deputy applicants to hire, re-hire, or to laterally transfer in to fill positions. The ability to proactively attack the criminal element in our county has seen setbacks, primarily due to staffing shortages. Several new hires and lateral transfers are on their way, which will greatly reduce overtime stresses on our budget and provide us with the necessary deputies to handle calls for service, and allow us to proactively target areas of concern in our 6,000-square-mile county. We’ll continue to move toward what is needed: true and consistent 24-hour coverage.
I wish to also point to the positive working relationships we now have with other public safety organizations. These relationships have suffered in the recent past. Much time is spent charting our needs and responses to protect our community through daily communication and coordination with all our public safety partners. Couple that with the cooperation of local fire services and our Air National Guard unit at Kingsley Field and we have reasons to be proud of our community.
I have also been fortunate to meet regularly with the Board of County Commissioners and have found them as equally interested in making us among the safest counties in Oregon as I am. I look forward to the next few years of working with them to move Klamath County forward. By now you may think I am just being a “Pollyanna,” i.e. blindly optimistic, but I assure you that is not in my nature. I truly believe there are reasons for optimism in Klamath County.