Colm Willis

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I hope you had a safe and happy celebration yesterday. Saint Patrick's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays.

Last week I started on the streets of Salem and ended on a Woodburn farm.

On Monday, I went with Josh Lair to learn about our LEAD program in Marion County. LEAD stands for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion and it is a program that allows folks on our streets who have contact with law enforcement to get into treatment and work with our team in our Health and Human Services Department instead of spending a night in jail. This frees up our jail space for more serious offenders, but more importantly it gets help and support to those people on our streets who need it most. It was a humbling and eye-opening experience to see how important Josh is to the people that he works with. You can read more about this work here.

On Wednesday, we presented our annual "State of the County" address at Broadway Commons hosted by SEDCOR. You can see our presentation below. Bottom line: The State of our County is Strong!

State of Marion County
State of the County 2019

On Friday, I finished my day by visiting Tom and Kyle Fessler at Woodburn Nursery and Azaleas. This is a great Marion County agriculture company that is doing really innovative work. It was wonderful to learn how they are using computers, robotics, and beneficial insects to enable their company to be competitive nationally and internationally. Thank you Tom and Kyle for the tour!

At Woodburn Nursery Woodburn Nursery plants

Thanks again for your support of our work in Marion County. As always let me know if there is any way we can serve you better.

God bless,



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