County Commissioners meeting

The Commissioners deliberated and unanimously approved four items of business this week.

• an agreement for signal maintenance with ODOT

• a 4-year management agreement with Mt. Ashland Association for Howard Prairie Resort

• a bid acceptance for hot mixed asphalt concrete with Knife River

• a property tax program grant application to the Oregon Department of Revenue

But, prior to the discussion and deliberations, there was a tribute to Sheriff August D. Singler, the only Jackson County Sheriff ever killed in the line of duty, 100 years ago. Sheriff Singler is being honored by Jackson County, the State of Oregon, and at our Nation’s Capital by declaration for his ultimate sacrifice. The Jackson County Commissioners honored Sheriff Singler’s granddaughter and great-grand-daughter (Chris Walker, Jackson County Clerk). Commissioner Skundrick read the proclamation stating that Sheriff Singler served from January 1913-April 1913, however, research reports a four-year service record.

Sheriff August Singler succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day while attempting to serve a warrant on a man. As Sheriff Singler approached the man’s cabin the suspect opened fire, striking Sheriff Singler in the chest. Although mortally wounded, Sheriff Singler was able to return fire and shot the suspect six times, killing him. Sheriff Singler was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital where he died the following day following an operation to remove the bullet.Sheriff Singler had served with the agency for four years and was survived by his wife and eight children. (

By Colleen Roberts

For the Independent



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