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City of Roseburg issues statement on behalf of Police Chief

Written by on January 26, 2021

Roseburg OR – Due to recent activities by groups who have used coercion or made threats to elected officials, the City of Roseburg addressed those groups by defending the Roseburg City Police Chief in a statement released Tuesday.

The statement comes from the Roseburg City Council regarding Police Chief Gary Klopfenstein and the recent threats being made by local groups.

The Roseburg City Council said it “stands in support of Police Chief Gary Klopfenstein. Chief Klopfenstein serves our citizens well and upholds municipal, state, and federal laws in a fair and equitable manner.” The release goes on to state, “His priority is the safety and well-being of our citizens and he has done so with leadership and integrity.”

The Roseburg City Council says it also stands in support of local business, stating, “Small business drives the local economy. Our local business owners provide jobs, offer valuable products and services, and influence the culture of our community. They have faced a variety of difficulties during the COVID pandemic. Now, as we approach the one-year mark of living with the coronavirus, we are being presented with another crucial moment that threatens to divide us.” Read full statement here.

The press release ends with a statement from City Council members, “we do not stand in support of local groups who use coercion and threaten elected officials with recall if they do not comply with their wishes. This action is divisive and dangerous at a time when cooperation and support are needed more than ever,” City Council members signed.

While the statement does not address any particular group, it appears the statement addresses one group’s tactics against elected officials.

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