Deputy Garcia

Deputy Noel Garcia has been assigned the special services deputy for the Douglas County Solid Waste Department. He will provide enforcement against illegal dumping.

A 21-year veteran of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been assigned to crack down on illegal trash dumping.

Deputy Noel Garcia has been assigned as special services deputy for the Solid Waste Department.

The new position is a response to complaints that illegal dumping has been on the rise since 2015 when the county first began charging to dump at the landfill and transfer sites.

“There’s a concern about illegal dumping in the county,” said Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice, who came up with the idea of having a deputy focus on solid waste enforcement. “We don’t have any proof that illegal dumping has been on the rise since landfill fees were implemented, but we have a lot of people who believe that’s true.”

Boice said whether or not illegal dumping has increased, it definitely exists. It was a problem before the landfill began charging and is still a problem today, he said.

“We hope to see a drastic reduction in illegal dumpsites throughout the county, that’s our goal,” Boice said.

Boice said the county’s budget problems have led to some cuts in the sheriff’s office, and it helps to have deputies funded through other sources. The county contracts, for example, with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and private timberland owners for enforcement, but the county benefits by having an additional deputy who can respond in case of a tragedy.

Garcia won’t be paid by an outside organization, but his salary will be paid out of the Solid Waste Department’s budget. The money will come from fees collected at the Douglas County landfill and transfer sites.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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Roseburg Reader

So lets take a 21 year experienced deputy who has had extensive law enforcement training and let’s put him on garbage patrol. Ya, that’s a really good way to take an already limited department and make it better. All this is going to do is take another deputy off the road, which may result in longer wait times for call for service. Not a smart move.

nr77

People living in rural areas of our county know dumping has increased because they see it and many have to pick it up themselves. Boice should call the DFPA, and timber managers for Roseburg Lumber, Seneca, etc also the USPO offices, the Parks dept, apartment managers, anybody with dumpsters etc and they can fill him in. Guess he doesn't think what individual people tell him is proof. Wow. Does he ever drive on secondary roads off the pavement?

Maybe we could all send him photos of the garbage we see everywhere, that would work. A "tragedy" because of illegal dumping doesn't even register if you google it. We hadn't ever heard of one. A tragedy It is an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe. So let's take a story written about an illegal dumping enforcement deputy who is available to respond to a tragedy ( local p/rl melodrama) and wish him well.

sectorstar

Its because those people didn't vote for him and/or donate money during his election campaign so he didn't have a reason to hand out his infamous "dump your trash for free" cards like he does with his other friends.

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