Congratulations are in order!  Sheriff Jim Yon reports on December 4, during the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference, Lt. Michelle Duncan and Deputy Eric Lederer received the Distinguished Service Award for their outstanding work at the Sheriff’s Office. 

Lt. Duncan has been with the Sheriff’s Office for over 18 years.  She was recognized for her involvement with Sheriff’s Office specialty programs.  She has been instrumental in the improvement of the FTO program, MAIT Team, Law Enforcement Contract Cities, Mountain Contracts, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and the organization of the Willamette Country Music Festival each year.  She has done a lot of outstanding work. 

Deputy Lederer has been with the Sheriff’s Office for over 5 years.  He was recognized for outstanding performance in his duties on and off duty.  In his off-duty time, he volunteers time with the Salem for Refugees program.  He works directly with families new to our country and helps them make the transition.

Deputy Lederer is assigned to the Jail’s Transport team.  Even though it is  well outside his job description, Deputy Lederer monitors and updates the Security Threat Group with information on our inmates.  He works closely with Oregon Department of Corrections to acquire up to date information.  Additionally, he spends any work time not dedicated to transports, listening to inmate phone calls and providing intelligence to both our Detective Division and the District Attorney’s Office.  In more than one instance, his intelligence gathering has played a crucial role in opening or closing a case in our County.   

Well done to both of you for your outstanding work!