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By Andrew Christiansen

City police department losses raise questions on budget restraints


Source City of Goldendale

Chart shows City of Goldendale budgets for personnel for the years 2007 through 2015

The recent loss of one Goldendale police officer to the Klickitat County Sheriff's Office and the impending loss of another has raised concerns about the police department budget and commitment of the city to maintain a strong police force. City officials say the issue is a tight overall budget, and they assure the public that there is pride in the police department and a desire to put the budget on solid ground, including restoring lost positions. Opinions vary on how that will occur, from belt tightening to new streams of revenue.

Goldendale used to have 10 certified officers, including the chief. According to Chief Rick Johnson, one position was vacated in 2008 and has not been reinsta...

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