Joseph City Council members meet to discuss law enforcement options with Wallowa County Sheriff Joel Fish at the Joseph City Library on Tuesday, March 14, 2023. Mayor Lisa Collier, and other councilors, seemed to agree that contracting with the Sheriff’s Office was a preferable option to starting the city’s own police force, but no decisions on the matter have yet been made.

JOSEPH — Saying that starting its own police department would be too much of a heavy lift, Joseph Mayor Lisa Collier and members of the City Council are leaning toward contracting with the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office to fund a deputy who would be based in Joseph.

That appeared to be the consensus at a council work session Tuesday, March 14, although Collier and councilors emphasized that no decisions have yet been made and that they wanted to hear from Joseph residents on the issue.

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