Columbia County

Columbia County is bordered on the east by the Columbia River, on the south by Multnomah County and Washington County, and on the west by Clatsop County. The southern County line is approximately 30 minutes from Portland, the largest metropolitan area in Oregon. The western County line is approximately 30 minutes from the Pacific coast.

The County's northern and eastern boundaries are outlined by 62 miles of Columbia River shoreline. Columbia County enjoys the longest stretch of the Columbia River in the State of Oregon. The Columbia River is a major route of ocean-going vessels and is a popular fishing ground, as well as a popular boating and windsurfing river.

Facts regarding the early history of Columbia County are few. It is known that a New England trading vessel, the Columbia Rediviva, commanded by Captain Robert Gray arrived in the summer of 1792 with the first Euro-Americans to see the County's timbered shoreline. In 1805, the explorers Lewis and Clark traveled and camped along the County's Columbia River shoreline.

Carved out of Washington County in 1854, its past was tied to commercial fishing, water transportation and lumber. Industrialization has accelerated in recent years but timber, dairy and horticulture remain important. Natural gas fields have been identified and are producing.

The County offers the only two marine parks in Oregon: Sand Island on the Columbia River and J.J. Collins Memorial Marine Park on the Multnomah Channel.

$7,180 - $9,126 yearly
Columbia County 901 Port Avenue, St. Helens, OR, USA
Feb 27, 2020
Full time
POSITION : JAIL COMMANDER. This position is a full-time management position, Civil Service exempt, FLSA exempt and not represented by a bargaining unit. SALARY : $7,180 - $9,126 per month with additional incentive pay available for certain DPSST certifications. Appointment in range at hire will be negotiable. Excellent benefits, including paid PERS contribution and family health insurance plus generous leave benefits. See Benefits Offered section for details. CLOSING : MARCH 16, 2020. Applications must be received by 5:00pm on the closing date. Applications will only be accepted via online submission. DUTIES : Ensure the professional performance and administration of the Columbia County Jail. Responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities of the Columbia County Jail. TO QUALIFY : Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in a related field. At least 5 years’ progressively responsible experience in law enforcement, with at least one year of supervisory experience. Possession of the Corrections Officer Basic Certificate or higher from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). Possession of or ability to obtain within one year of hire Advanced DPSST Certification and, within two years of hire, the DPSST management certificate. Current/active equivalent certifications from other states will also be considered. An in-depth background check, including criminal history, will be conducted of final candidates. TO APPLY : Applicants MUST submit the Columbia County application form. To be considered in the recruitment process, online instructions must be followed for completing and submitting the application. Email completed application, resume, and any other requested document(s) in PDF format, before 5:00pm on the closing date to