Grant County will pay the city of John Day for training a police officer who changed jobs to work for the sheriff’s office within a year of being trained.
County Judge Scott Myers said Oregon law requires an agency, such as the county, to reimburse the agency that paid to train an officer who leaves within three years of being trained.
The county sheriff’s office hired Tyler Smith May 9, he said, within his first year on the job with John Day, which requires 100-percent reimbursement. After the first year, the reimbursement is prorated, he said.
Myers said the total cost for training, and for covering for Smith while he was at the academy, was $14,965.90, which the county must pay to the city. The funds will come from the sheriff’s office 2015-16 materials and services budget, he said.