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Polk County has so much to offer! Picturesque parks, breathtaking vineyards, historical buildings, an abundance of cultural opportunities, and the list goes on. Our current County flag design does not do justice to the beauty and significance of our great County. For this reason, Polk County is holding a Flag Design Contest. This is an opportunity to create a lasting symbol for the county that captures the history, beauty, and uniqueness of our community. The contest is open to everyone, from amateurs to professional graphic designers. The artist with the winning design will be honored during a special flag raising ceremony planned for Fall 2016. 

Official Contest Rules

Polk County Behavioral Health is excited to announce an expansion of our forensic services. A partnership with the Circuit Courts and Polk County Community Corrections has led to the development of a Mental Health Court. This program will serve individuals who have been charged with lower level crimes and exhibit severe and persistent mental health issues. We hope to accept our first participant into the program in late January 2016. Services provided will include pre-trial diversion, jail in-reach, intensive case management, therapy and groups.

For more information, please email Sara Dotson at dotson.sara@co.polk.or.us.

Sheriff Mark Garton

On November 30th, 2015 at 10 a.m., Sheriff Mark Garton was sworn in as the 37th Polk County Sheriff.  Judge Sally Avera presided over the ceremony, which was held in the Polk County Courthouse.   Garton was appointed by the Polk County Board of Commissioners with a unanimous vote to replace retiring Sheriff Bob Wolfe. 

“I am honored to be your Sheriff and I will work tireless towards restoring this office to the highest level it can achieve,” Garton said.   

Sgt. Mark Garton

On October 28, 2015 the Polk County Board of Commissioners appointed Detective Sergeant Mark Garton to replace Sheriff Bob Wolfe when he retires on November 30, 2015. The interim position will last from November 30, 2015, until January of 2017, at which time the newly elected Sheriff will take office.

The Polk County Assessor’s Office certified the 2015-2016 Tax Roll to the County Clerk. This will authorize the County Tax Collector to start the process of mailing tax statements and collection of taxes. Linda Fox, County Tax Collector, plans to mail statements on October 19, and taxes are due November 16.

Taxes may be paid by mail, at the Tax Office in the Courthouse at 850 Main Street, Second Floor, Dallas, or using the County online tax payment system available on the County website.  If you have questions about where to pay your taxes or how to pay your taxes, please call the Tax Office at 503-623-9264.