Linn sheriff sets public access changes

Linn sheriff sets public access changes

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Jim Yon

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon has initiated a series of operational changes concerning public access to facilities.

The Civil Division, at the Linn County Courthouse, will be available to the public by appointment only.

“At this time, we are still processing Concealed Handgun License Renewals,” Yon said. “We will not be issuing any new CHL’s until further notice. We are still doing sex offender registrations.”

For all inquiries please call 541-967-3907 for an appointment.

“For Animal Control, staff is taking care of the few animals we have left,” Yon said. “Our mobile vet clinic program has been suspended until further notice. All late fees for licensing have been waived until the end of April. The public can access Animal Control at 541-967-3925 by appointment only.”

Yon said that when someone calls, they will be asked a series of questions about whether they or family members have been ill recently.

“If you are sick, you will need to schedule your business at another time,” Yon said. “Otherwise, we will schedule an appointment and handle your business.”

Yon said his office has received a number of calls regarding Governor Brown’s executive order on “stay home."

“If you have questions on what this order entails, please visit https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19 for specific directions,” Yon said. “We are taking an educational approach to the executive order. We will take enforcement action only in the most extreme case.”

Yon is asking the public to “be patient and understanding with the situation.”

He encourages members of the public to wash their hands, refrain from touching their face and to maintain proper social distancing from others.

“Stay calm, we are going to get through this together as a community,” Yon said.

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