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  • Public Works | Wed Jun 10th, 2015 | full story

    To help minimize impact on the public, Public Works will be working to update this page with current and accurate information as it becomes available.  The following dates may change due to ch

  • Elections | Wed Jun 10th, 2015 | full story

     Election Summary

     Name Canvass Heading

    For additional information, please contact the County Clerk's Office at (503) 623-9217.


  • Fairgrounds & Event Center | Tue May 26th, 2015 | full story

    The following positions are open and accepting applications for the Polk County Fairgrounds:

  • Annual Fair | Tue May 26th, 2015 | full story
    Polk County Oregon Official Website


    Blue Jeans & Country Dreams

  • Prevention Programs | Fri May 22nd, 2015 | full story
    Polk County Oregon Official Website

    Polk County can be proud of having some of the lowest rates of smoking in the state of Oregon, but that doesn't stop smoking addiction from being a major barrier for community members

  • Behavioral Health | Wed Apr 22nd, 2015 | full story

    In Polk County (from 1999 to 2008) annual DUII offenses ranged from 349 to 543, with an average of 434.

  • Board of Commissioners | Wed Dec 3rd, 2014 | full story
    Polk County Courthouse

    Interested in Serving?

    Serving on a Polk County board, committee or commission is an excellent way to have a voice in Polk County and to learn more about how local government works. These groups provide valuable input to the Board of Commissioners and help to shape our County into the wonderful place that it is to live and work.

  • Board of Commissioners | Thu Nov 6th, 2014 | full story

    The Association of Oregon Counties (AOC) has produced a 15 minute video about county government in Oregon. Please view the video here.

  • School Based Mental Health | Sun Oct 5th, 2014 | full story
    Polk County Oregon Official Website

    Who We Are

  • Sheriff's Office | Mon Sep 1st, 2014 | full story

    Seeking Public's Help with a 1996 Cold Case Homicide

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office are requesting the public's help in identifying the skeletal remains of a female that was found in the hills overlooking the Mill Creek area of rural Polk County on September 1, 1996.

  • Sheriff's Office | Thu Aug 14th, 2014 | full story

    Since March 29 of this year through August 1, the Polk County Sheriff's Office has been reduced to only one 10-hour patrol shift a day, seven days a week.

  • Sheriff's Office | Fri Jul 11th, 2014 | full story

    Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe continues to express concern regarding the ability of his agency to handle calls and provide back up to local agencies due to loss of staff and budget reductions.

  • Sheriff's Office | Thu Jul 10th, 2014 | full story
    Polk County Oregon Official Website

    On July 18, 2014 at approximately 4:10 PM, Sergeant Randy Whittaker was tragically killed in a single motor vehicle crash on Hwy 22 in West Salem.

  • Annual Fair | Tue Jul 1st, 2014 | full story

    Help Polk County Improve Our Annual Fair

    The Polk County Fair Board is requesting input and suggestions on making improvements to the Annual County Fair.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and leave your suggestions.

  • Public Works | Tue Jun 24th, 2014 | full story

    To help inform the public about this important project, Public Works will be working to update t

  • Sheriff's Office | Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 | full story

    On May 20, 2014, the passage of a Jail Levy by the citizen of Columbia County to maintain operation of their county jail had a negative impact on Polk County.  Sheriff Bob Wolfe stated, "We budgeted money from Columbia County renting jail beds to keep from laying off additional employees at Polk County, now I must make additional reductions to the patrol division."

  • Public Health | Tue Jun 3rd, 2014 | full story

    Public Health Staff Recognized for
    Life Saving Actions!

    On Tuesday, May 13, the Public Health staff jumped into action when one of their own went into cardiac arrest.  Immediately, staff members called for a nurse, called 911, and began CPR. Thanks to their valiant efforts, the staff member survived. Emergency Medical Services and Dallas Police arrived on the scene and rushed her to Salem Hospital where she is still recovering.

  • Sheriff's Office | Wed May 14th, 2014 | full story

    The Polk County Sheriff's Office continues to offer a viable option for the citizens of Polk County. You can report certain crimes online in a more efficient manner through this website.

  • Sheriff's Office | Thu May 1st, 2014 | full story

    Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe announced the loss of another patrol deputy from his already stretched resources.  Deputy Casey Gibson was temporarily hired last year to help out with budget reductions has accepted a position with the Monmouth Police Department starting May 1, 2014.

  • Family & Community Outreach | Tue Mar 11th, 2014 | full story

    Polk County has created a new organization structure for what was formally known as Polk County Health and Human Services (HHS).  Previously, HHS consisted of Mental Health, Public Health, and the Commission for Children and Families/Service Integration.  The same HHS services will now be offered under the structure of two newly formed departments, Health Services and Family & Community Outreach.  The two departments are committed to working collaboratively with one another to serve individuals and families in the community.

  • Family & Community Outreach | Mon Mar 10th, 2014 | full story

    Polk County offers three Health Insurance Outreach Specialists that can help find a health insurance plan that is best for you. You can meet with one of our Outreach Specialists at a location listed below. Each specialist will provide information and enrollment services to anyone in Polk County who is uninsured or under insured. 

  • Sheriff's Office | Sat Mar 1st, 2014 | full story
    Deputy Scott Eastlund

    Polk County Sheriff’s Office
    Deputy of the Year
    Scott Eastlund

  • GIS | Mon Oct 28th, 2013 | full story

    Polk County will be going live with the new Polk County WebMaps on October 30.  The new WebMaps features:

  • Treasurer's Office | Wed Oct 9th, 2013 | full story

    Property tax statements were mailed on October 20th this year. Tax payments were due this year by November 17th .

  • Sheriff's Office | Thu Sep 12th, 2013 | full story
    Polk County Oregon Official Website

    On September 11, 2013, Sgt. Tyrone Jenkins, of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, was presented with the Professional Rescue Hero award at the 9th annual American Red Cross Willamette Chapter Real Heroes breakfast held in Salem.  A total of 17 heroes were presented with various honors during the event.