The two finalists to replace retiring Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson will be interviewed for the job on Thursday, and the public will be able to observe the proceedings and submit questions via videoconferencing.
Jackson will retire Feb. 1 after 25 years with the Sheriff's Office. It falls to the Board of Commissioners to appoint a successor because less than half of Jackson’s term remains. Jackson was re-elected without opposition in 2018. The position will be on the 2022 ballot.
Commissioners have one inside and one outside candidate in the final pool. The in-house finalist is Capt. Don Rogers, who commands the BCSO’s Law Enforcement Division. Rogers joined the office in 1997 and advanced to lieutenant in 2001. He majored in law enforcement at Western Oregon University and also participated in the prestigious FNI National Academy in 2017.
The second finalist is Jefri Van Arsdall of Baker County in Eastern Oregon. Van Arsdall currently serves as the undersheriff in Baker County. He began his career with Washington County, worked at the Corvallis Police Department from 2004 to 2015, joined the Baker County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 and became undersheriff in 2018. Van Arsdall has a bachelor’s in administration of justice from Portland State University.
Rogers’ interview runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., and interested parties can register in advance at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118764160757239568.
Van Arsdall will be interviewed from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1021849135742912272.
Attendees can provide feedback on the interview by using an online form that will be provided at the end of each interview.
Following the interviews, the Board of Commissioners will meet in executive session (closed to the public), then later reconvene in a public session to determine when they will meet to make a decision. To register for the public session, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7785261817541961232.