Brown slashes parole and probation budget

PENDLETON – Gov. Kate Brown’s proposed budget includes slashing $32 million from parole and probation departments statewide. That would translate into a $600,000 loss for Umatilla County Community Corrections, but fortunately Director Dale Primmer saw it coming.

“He has a lot of foresight,” Board of Commissioners Chairman John Shafer said. “He made some plays in the beginning to set himself up so it will only be about a $200,000 hit.”

Shafer said that when COVID-19 first hit, state parole and probation was looking for help.

“The state put out a call asking if anybody could supervise offenders even though they don’t live in their home county,” Shafer said. “So he looked at their caseload, and said, ‘You know what, we can take a few.’ He saw the writing on the wall. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with Dale Primmer right now.”