South Bend, WA.- On December 30th 2013, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office took possession of its newest K-9 partner, “Ciko”, a one year old German Shepard. K-9 Ciko was born in Slovakia and was imported to the United States by Shallow Creek Kennels located in Sharpsville Pennsylvania.
“We believe that K-9 Ciko will be a very positive deterrent and will complement our Search and Rescue bloodhound, K-9 Diesel very well” – Sheriff Scott Johnson
The Sheriff’s Office has selected Deputy Justin Kangas as K-9 Ciko’s new partner and handler. Both Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko are currently attending a ten week, 400 plus hour K-9 training academy located in Pierce County. The ten week K-9 training is very intensive and covers several areas of learning discipline. Upon successful completion of the training, Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will have met state law requirements and standards to be a certified apprehension and tracking team.
Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “We believe that having an apprehension and tracking dog within our agency will definitely be a positive asset to the citizens and other law enforcement agencies within our county. We have long had the need to be able to track criminals fleeing active burglaries and vehicle prowls while on foot. We have also experienced increased reports of prowlers in different neighborhoods around the county during all hours of the day and night”
“We believe that K-9 Ciko will be a very positive deterrent and will complement our Search and Rescue bloodhound, K-9 Diesel very well”.
Sheriff Johnson also lauded the Pacific County Commissioners for their support of the program and their unwavering commitment to help improve the protecting of property and public safety as well as the many organizations that have donated funds to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program. Johnson stated, “We anticipate that Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will be ready to hit the road sometime in March”.
South Bend, Washington – Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson announced changes to the Sheriff’s Office command staff including a retirement, promotion, and new appointment. In November Chief Civil Deputy Debbie Allison, who has been employed by Pacific County in excess of 30 years, announced her intent to retire effective December 31, 2013. Sheriff Johnson expressed his appreciation of Allison’s years of service and work ethic, stating that he values her attitude and principles, always treating issues as if they were her personal responsibility with the intent to work in the interest of the taxpayer and citizen safety.
With the retirement of Deputy Allison, Sheriff Johnson has appointed Denise Rowlett as Chief Deputy, with responsibility for civil, financial, and administration operations within the office. Rowlett has been employed with the Sheriff’s Office for over 14 years serving as Deputy Director of Emergency Management since 2008.
Sheriff Johnson has appointed Scott McDougall to fill the position of Deputy Director of Emergency Management. McDougall joins the office with previous experience in the fire service as well as Pacific County Fair Manager.
The Sheriff added that he wishes Allison the best in her retirement, and is looking forward to leading the command staff team with those in new roles as we approach 2014.
The suspect was interviewed and weapons were recovered. The 36 year old male was transported to the Pacific County Jail and booked on two counts of attempted Murder and 4 counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
As all of the parties involved live in the same residence this would also be considered a violation of the Domestic Violence Act. The case investigation is ongoing, further charges may be forthcoming.