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Svenson facing runoff with Casey for Sheriff

May 20, 2014


News-Register Staff

Capt. Tim Svenson and forest patrol deputy Tim Casey are headed for a November runoff to determine who will succeed Yamhill County Sheriff Jack Crabtree, who is leaving office after a 12-year run.

In final but still unofficial returns, Svenson was at 8,182 votes or 41.4 percent to Casey's 7,698 or 39 percent. Patrol Sgt. Joe Shipley had 3,877 or 19.6 percent, more than enough to prevent anyone else from securing a majority.

Svenson’s current responsibilities include narcotics, road patrol, detectives, internal affairs, search and rescue, marine patrol, community response, contract cities and dog control. He also chairs an advisory committee on emergency communications.

Svenson holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Oregon University. The only candidate in the field with a four-year degree, he interned with the office during his college years and became a full-time employee following graduation.

Svenson started out with the narcotics team and went on to serve as a contract deputy and canine officer before being promoted into the supervisory ranks. During his tenure as a sergeant, he had experience on the jail side as well as the operations side.

Casey was born in McMinnville and raised in Newberg. He graduated from Newberg High School.

He spent three years at the University of Portland before leaving to pursue a professional baseball career. He spent several years playing minor league ball.

He then joined his father in the real estate business. He later partnered with a friend in Astro Recovery, a repossession company.

Casey’s current assignment has him patrolling state, federal and private woodlands. Issues include underage drinking and illegal dumping, off-roading, hunting and firewood cutting.

He patrols for littering and trail damage, offers assistance to people who have suffered injuries or breakdowns and keeps an eye out for partiers. Casey also helps lead the county’s search and rescue program, a natural extension for someone who works in the woods.

See Friday's print edition for additional details.

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