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Date Released: 2/28/2013
Subject: Rancheria and Tribe Finalize Agreement
Contact: Lt. Steve Knight
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Lt. Steve Knight

Location: Rohnerville

Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Downey and Humboldt County First District Supervisor Rex Bohn will be meeting at 3:30 p.m. today with the Tribal Council of the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria at the Tribal Office located at the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria. This meeting will be to finalize the agreement between the Rancheria and the Sheriff’s Office to pay for a full time Deputy Sheriff position for two years. The press is invited to attend this meeting. Supervisor Bohn and Sheriff Downey will be on hand, along with Tribal members to answer any question.

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Sheriff Mike Downey is pleased to announce the addition of a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff position, which is completely funded by the Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria. Recently Sheriff Downey and Humboldt County First District Supervisor Rex Bohn were approached by the Rancheria who offered to pay for a full time deputy sheriff to patrol the Eel River Valley from Scotia to Fields Landing. The Rancheria expressed a desire to provide additional law enforcement presence in the area to assist in the prevention and detection of crime, and to increase public safety in the Eel River Valley area.

First District Supervisor Rex Bohn was instrumental in facilitating this agreement. This agreement will supplement the Sheriff’s Office in providing public safety to the Eel River Valley area. The agreement will be in effect for calendar years 2013/2014 with a possible two year extension. The initial two year agreement equates to a financial commitment of $300,000.00. Sheriff Downey expressed his appreciation for the support the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria has displayed through their desire to help create a safe environment to the surrounding communities.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office currently has two open deputy positions which it is recruiting for, and fifteen frozen deputy positions due to budgetary constraints. This additional position will enhance public safety during these lean economic times.


Mike Downey
Sheriff