The North Coast might be on its own for a while during and immediately after a major disaster, Sheriff Ian Parkinson warned attendees at a town hall meeting April 4 in Cambria. He said centrally located, more heavily populated areas of the county might need more law-enforcement attention, sooner. So, Cambrians are fortunate to have the Community Emergency Response Team, North Coast Ocean Rescue Team and Sheriff’s Volunteer Patrol at the ready, he said.
Parkinson, elected in 2010, plans to run for office again in 2014, he said. He said he’s proud of his department’s accomplishments during tough budgetary times, including a new coroner’s office (at no cost to taxpayers) and a property evidence room in the works, plus more cars on patrol.
The increase in deputy visibility is due in part to having more canine deputies, and staff rearrangements that can put sergeants out in the field occasionally and civil-division deputies in uniform in marked cars. That way, deputies delivering subpoenas and eviction notices can also handle calls.
The sheriff said, “We’re getting more service to the community without more cost to the public."