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By Lou Marzeles

Songer is certified as peace officer


Lisa Cunningham

SUPPORT FOR THE PEACE OFFICER: Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer (center) was visited by colleagues from his earlier law enforcement career paths at a recent Chamber of Commerce business lunch. Left to right are retired Sgt. Reggie Sheppard, retired Sgt. Bud Sleeper, and retired Battle Ground police chief Ron Johnson. Songer earned his certification as a Washington State Peace Officer May 15.

It's a short and simple document, but it fulfills a campaign promise.

"All through the campaign last year," Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer says, "my opponent made a point of saying he was certified as a Washington State Police Officer and I wasn't. So I promised that if I was elected, I would go through the process of certification, even though it was not required. And I did."

Songer's certification states, "Robert L. Songer has met the requirements of RCW 43.101.095 and is hereby certified as a Washington State Peace Officer." It is dated May 15, 2015.

During the contentious campaign last year, Songer's lack of certification was hit hard as an indication that he was either unqualifi...

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