March 9, 2017

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and county leaders are evaluating overall facility needs to ensure that a site just west of the Troutdale Police Center best serves the public and the Sheriff’s Office.   

After a detailed site selection process, a 3.54 acre parcel on SW 257th Drive in downtown Troutdale was approved by the Multnomah County Board for purchase in December 2016.  The new building could replace the Hansen Building at NE 122nd Avenue and Glisan Street, which served as the Sheriff’s Office headquarters for 40 years before being converted to a temporary homeless shelter. Sheriff’s staff that were formerly based at the Hansen Building are temporarily based at another facility.

The County is taking time to evaluate its long-term facility needs.  County Facilities and Property Management staff are also working with the Sheriff's Office on their facilities needs.

“I want to ensure we are fiscally responsible as we determine our future facility needs,” said Sheriff Michael Reese.  “MCSO will be working closely with our county partners to ensure site locations considered will be able to provide the very best in public safety services to the communities we serve.”

The decision to pause the development of the Troutdale property comes as the Sheriff’s Office is negotiating with the city of Fairview to consolidate law enforcement services. A similar consolidation was completed in 2015 in the City of Troutdale, where the Sheriff’s Office now provides law enforcement services. The Sheriff’s Office now provides law enforcement services to the cities of Troutdale, Wood Village and Maywood Park.  

As the project moves through its second phase, the approximate $1.25 million property purchase protects future options for the County.