Primus seeks continued funding for victim advocate

By on Monday, February 19th, 2024 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – The Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office is going to lose grant funding for a culturally specific victim’s advocate this September.

District Attorney Dan Primus is asking the Umatilla County Board of Commissioners to continue funding the position once the federal grant expires. The total cost for fiscal year 2024-25 is $100,186.

“Quite frankly it has been such a benefit to us and the individuals that we have had have brought so much to the office – specifically for that role,” Primus said. “It would be quite a detriment if we were to ever lose it.”

The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners will vote on funding the position, which provides support and resources of crime with a focus on serving culturally specific victims, at its meeting this Wednesday at 9 a.m.