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Police station construction complete

Public ribbon cutting ceremony held Monday


Photo Credit: TIDINGS PHOTO: PATRICK MALEE - Police Chief Terry Timeus said he couldn't be prouder to introduce the new police station, which will be officially up and running Aug. 25.Though the West Linn Police Department won’t be officially moved into the new police station until Aug. 25, Police Chief Terry Timeus can already see a new bounce in the step of his officers.

As the city officially cut the ribbon at the new building Monday, Timeus and others reflected on how far the project had come since it began with an $8.5 million bond measure three years ago.

“If somebody had told me I’d be standing in the parking lot of a new police station three years ago, I would have said, ‘Ok, whatever,’” Timeus said. “Here we are, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

The old police station on Willamette Drive was built in 1936 and had become, as City Councilor Thomas Frank put it, “a dangerous facility not suitable for modern police work.”

“It’s outlived its usefulness,” Timeus said.

The new station, located at 1800 8th Avenue, is designed to withstand a seismic design category D earthquake, provide emergency dispatch and operations capability and accommodate training, evidence processing, storage, operations, communication and staffing needs for officers and K-9 units.

The station also features basic amenities that had become scarce at the old building, Timeus said.

“I was asked what kind of toilets we wanted, and I said, ‘The kind that flush,’” Timeus said at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We don’t have that all the time ... and hot water - we now have hot water.”

Construction officially broke ground back in September, shortly after the city was forced to re-bid the project when offers came in well over budget. Todd Construction ultimately won the bid for construction at $5.25 million.

The city conducted resident tours of the building Aug. 9 and 10, and with the ribbon cutting ceremony complete, police will now begin the process of fully transferring operations into the new station.

“There is new life in the step of my officers,” Timeus said. “It took a long time to see this thing come out of the ground. Now, I can’t keep (officers) out of the building.

“Hopefully I can keep them on the street, so they serve you and give you the service you need.”

Contact Patrick Malee at 503-636-1281 Ext. 106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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