It was with great excitement that I attended the grand opening of the new West Linn police station on Monday evening. The official ribbon cutting was a moment from my time as your city councilor that I will never forget. Thank you to my friends and neighbors who attended the grand opening with me.


Gaining voter approval for the police station will be one of the highlights of my time on the City Council. I strongly believe that having a safe and secure facility for West Linn’s first responders is one of the most important things that our community can offer to our police officers. The $8.5 million facility is on time and on budget, and I am proud that our community played a key role in designing the station so it is a perfect addition to the Willamette neighborhood.

Our support of our police station is only fitting, as West Linn was recently named the safest city in Oregon, and the 31st safest community in the U.S. I’m also very proud of the fact that Estately selected West Linn as Oregon’s most family friendly community. This is due, in large part, to our safe community.

In particular, I would like to thank my fellow councilors for their steadfast support of our Police Department; the city staff who ensured that the construction project was successfully completed; the West Linn Chamber for their support of the station project; TVF&R for their assistance and support during the station campaign and design process; countless unnamed community volunteers and organizations, and the following individuals who played key roles in the process leading up to placing the project on the ballot, supporting the ballot measure, and advising on station design: Troy Bowers, Phil Bransom, Michele Eberle, Dale Fortuna, Glen Friedman, Karen Hensley, Bill Hill, Ray Kindley, Nancy King, Grant Oakes, Julie Parrish, Mark Parrish, Midge Pierce, Dennis Richey, Alice Richmond, Jack Snook, Chris Yarco, and Terri Zagone. I also want to note that we honor Ron Whitehead’s memory by showing our support of the West Linn Police Department — Ron was unwavering in his support of the WLPD.

As a reminder, the police department is currently moving in to the new facility. They will be officially relocated there on August 25. If you have an emergency, please dial 9-1-1. Thank you again to the West Linn community for your support of the police department.

Jenni Tan lives in West Linn and is a West Linn city councilor.

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