Salem is getting ready to hire a new police chief

Ask a Question of the Candidates

Deadline: Thursday, October 29, 2020| 1:00 PM

Three review committees made up of community members, area law enforcement officials, and City department directors screened and interviewed a diverse group of applicants. The committee made their final recommendation to the City Manager this week.

Both candidates will be invited to an all-day interview process consisting of a virtual community forum where finalists will answer questions from community members and city staff. There will also be several opportunities for the Mayor and City Council members (including yours truly) to interact with both candidates by way of virtual interviews and socially distanced panel discussions. All public portions of the interview will be live streamed to YouTube on October 30, 2020.

If you would like to submit a question for the candidates, please complete the following form no later than 1 p.m., Thursday, October 29. Please note, that program time may not allow for all questions to be asked.

About the Candidates:

Malik Aziz, Dallas, TX

Malik Aziz is a Major with the Dallas, Texas Police Department, having served with the agency since 1992. His specialties after nearly 30 years in law enforcement include law enforcement analysis, nonprofit leadership, budgeting, policy analysis, event planning, and government. His previous assignments in the department include Commanding Patrol, Special Operations, SWAT, Traffic, Investigations, and Support Services. He is currently leading night command for the northwest and north-central area of Dallas.

Major Malik Aziz earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The University of Texas at Arlington attended the FBI National Academy and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in non-profit and organizational management from The University of Dallas. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Dallas Police Museum and is the former National Chair and Executive Director of the National Black Police Association. Other highlights of his career include serving as a Master Peace Officer, cultural awareness Instructor, Islam and Middle Eastern instructor, crime prevention specialist, ethics and diversity trainer, incident command system trainer, and chemical agent instructor. He has over 20 career commendations and skilled in basic and intermediate Arabic.

Trevor Womack, Stockton, CA

Deputy Chief Trevor Womack joined the Stockton, California Police Department in 1992.
As Deputy Chief, he led the Logistics Bureau for one year, which included the Administrative and Technical Services Divisions, then assumed his current position heading the Operations Bureau. He is the second-in-command and responsible for two-thirds of the department’s staff and budget, including the Field Operations Division (Patrol), Special Operations Division, and Investigations Division – along with more than 30 specialty programs such as Air Support, Canine, Crisis Intervention Team, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Deputy Chief Womack also has significant experience managing and investigating critical incidents; implementing new technologies; recruiting, training, and hiring.

Deputy Chief Womack earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Stanislaus, attended the FBI National Academy, and completed the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Executive Development Course. He earned his Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

#SalemOR City Club Candidates for Oregon Senate District 10 Part of Salem City Club’s 2020 Informed Voter Series Friday, October 2

Celebrating over 50 Years of exceptional civic discourse
September 26, 2020 Volume 53, Issue 2

Candidates for Oregon
Senate District 10

Part of Salem City Club’s 2020 Informed Voter Series

Friday, October 2, 2020 | 12:00 PM (Noon program)

via Zoom Webinar

The second program of the 2020 Informed Voter Series will be a debate amongst the 3 candidates running to represent Oregon Senate District 10. As you may well remember, there was a hard fought and close race for this position in 2016 between incumbent Jackie Winters and Reverend Deb Patterson. Deb is now coming back for another run at the seat. Incumbent Senator Denyc Boles was appointed to this position and is now running for the first time. Finally, Taylor Rickey is a political newcomer who hopes that he has what the district voters are looking for.

Denyc Boles (Republican) served as the State Representative in House District 19 until her appointment as Senator of Senate District 10 last year. She is a lifelong resident of the Willamette Valley. Over the years, she has owned and operated several small businesses, served as staff in the Oregon legislature, and currently works in community relations for Salem Health. Ms Boles has also been active in her community, including interacting with the Boys and Girls Club and Greater Salem Young Life, and serving on the Marion County Budget Committee. As Senator, she serves on multiple committees including the Full Ways and Means, Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Mental Health, and Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Housing and Development. More information on Boles’ campaign website.

Rev. Dr. Deborah L. Patterson (Democrat) is an ordained Congregational minister and currently serves at at the 129-year old rural Congregational Church in Canby. She holds master’s degrees in music and health administration. In addition, she has a doctorate degree from Eden Theological Seminary. Deb has a 20 year history of advocating and working for improved healthcare and education, both internationally and in the US. She is currently Chair of the Marion Council Health Advisory Board and serves on the Marion County Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Committee. Recently Gov Brown appointed her to serve on the Oregon Disabilities Commission and the Oregon Nursing Home Administrators Board. More information on Patterson’s campaign website.

Taylor Rickey (Libertarian) is seeking office for the first time. As a Libertarian, he believes in limited government and maximum freedom. His policy issues include criminal justice reform, reducing taxes, and bridging the divide caused by Republicans and Democrats that “have torn our communities apart”. Rickey attended Woodburn High School. Currently, he is a stay at home dad to his 5 year old son. He says that his family “gave me their full support and encouragement when I decided to run for office”. More information on Rickey’s campaign website.

Willamette Heritage Center (#SalemOR): History Speaker Series “Zooming Back to History” – Online Sept. 29th – Dec. 15th

History Speaker Series

Zooming Back to History: An Online

September 29th – December 15th | 7:00 PM

Via Zoom

This series, a fundraiser for the Willamette Heritage Center, is brought to you by our generous sponsors, ATRIO Health Care, Becky & Jim Sterup, and Dorald Stoltz.

This public online gathering seeks to share historical perspectives of topics related to the Mid-Willamette Valley and beyond.

Starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night (see the dates below), each speaker will talk about their topic for approximately 30 minutes at which point we will ask participants to submit questions regarding the topic.

Pay online – $10/speaker or $30/series. The link and password for each speaker will be sent to you via email.

  • September 29: Ed Austin, “Rollin’ Through Salem: The Railroad Turns 150”
  • October 20: Leslie Dunlap, “Women Reforming Men Behaving Badly”
  • November 17: Jennifer Jopp, “A New Look at Jason Lee”
  • December 15: Bob Reinhardt, “Smallpox Eradication”

Or more information and purchase tickets.


Marion Soil and Water Conservation District – First Fridays have gone Virtual! Sept. 2020 – March 2021

Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District presents:

First Fridays have gone Virtual!

First Fridays will feature Marion SWCD Staff and subject matter experts discussing conservation, new projects & education in Marion County.

Save your spot for one or all of these programs! REGISTER HERE (Select date and then click on the green registration button)

September 11: Local Fish and Water Quality with Karen Hans, ODFW Fish Biologist

Participants will get a look at local projects that improve fish habitat and learn some fun ichthyology with an awesome fish biologist.

October 2: Knotweed & Ludwigia Mania- Jenny Meisel, Marion SWCD Native & Invasive Plant Specialist

Invasives in the area are a serious threat to our habitats and water quality. Learn about projects in and around Marion county that aim to treat and reduce these threats.

November 6: Water Rights Q &A Session 1- Laura Schroeder, Schroeder Law Offices Water Law Attorney

Marion SWCD has had Schroeder Water Law webinars posted on our website since October 1. We are inviting folks with questions that were not answered in these educational video to join our first of two Q & A sessions with water law experts in Oregon.

December 4: Water Rights Q & A Session 2- Laura Schroeder, Schroeder Law Offices Water Law Attorney

January 8: Environmental Education with Marion SWCD-The Overview with Jenny Ammon, Marion SWCD Natural Resource Educator

Learn about the programs and grants we offer for K-Grey encompassing environmental and conservation education…tell your teacher friends!

February 5: Native Plants WORK! With Jenny Meisel, Marion SWCD Native & Invasive Plant Specialist

Your yard is your oasis and can offer huge conservation benefits to pollinators, wildlife and soil health with a few easy steps! Jenny Meisel will discuss using natives in your landscape and how to select the right site for the right plant. She will also remind folks about the Marion SWCD Plant Sale!

March 5: Irrigation Technology with Brandon Bishop, Marion SWCD Ag Conservation Planner

Brandon has helped many landowners improve their irrigation process with the use of technology and partnerships between agencies, business and Energy Trust of Oregon. He will share implemented projects and new tools to help conserve water and soil!

Live Music on the sidewalk outside ‘Salem on the Edge Gallery’ – First Friday, Aug. 7th

Friday, August 7, 2020 | 6:15 PM

156 Liberty Street NE, Salem

Charlie Torres @robotictorres will be performing outside Salem on the Edge Gallery

Come enjoy his beatbox style!

Please bring your mask and social distancing attitude!

Salem on the Edge Gallery will be open for first Wednesday, August 5th untill 8 PM

Salem On The Edge is a new art gallery in the heart of downtown Salem. It’s “all about enriching people’s lives through art. We want to bring artwork into your everyday life to make your home or office a reflection of who you are. Art makes lives better is our motto.”

Contact Info:
Melanie Weston
(503) 884-0635


Mt. Angel Abbey Bach Festival – 2020


Join us here for a FREE virtual

Abbey Bach Festival Concert series

July 29 – 30 – 31, 2020

Plus a special bonus concert Saturday, August 1

The 49th Abbey Bach Festival will be a free four-day virtual concert series, broadcast live each evening at 7 pm. Each concert will be original and available for viewing through Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Musicians will be performing in their homes andPeled-Sculpture local venues. Gifts given in 

support of the Abbey Bach Festival will help provide needed logistical, technology, and artist fees.


Questions? Contact us via email or phone at 503.845.3030.

More info on the Bach Festival website.

GREAT NEWS! The #SalemOR Art Fair is going VIRTUAL! JULY 18 AND 19, 2020



The Salem Art Fair is going VIRTUAL!

July 18, 2020 | 9:00 AM UNTIL July 19, 2020 | 9:00 PM

The Salem Art Fair and Festival has been held each summer since 1949. Therefore we are determined to raise the flag once more, despite the challenges of the moment. This is being done as a community service to honor the idea of community resilience, but also to support artists at a particularly difficult time.

The sector of Art Fair artists make their annual livelihood by traveling around the country during the art fair season (spring to fall). They are devastated by the complete cancellation of their livelihoods due to the pandemic and so, while we honor a proud Salem tradition, we hope that you will support our community of artists by visiting them over July 18 and 19.


Sneak Preview!

A sneak-peak at the Salem Virtual Art Fair, an interactive treat in store for art lovers disappointed the annual fair was canceled due to the pandemic. Thanks to a creative collaboration between staff and volunteers they can attend the 2020 Art Fair & Festival July 18 and 19 from home. It is free to fairgoers and artists alike.

SAA Executive Director Sandra Burnett and web designer and project consultant Daniel Burnett explain how this vision was realized and why, giving give InSight host Wendy Brokaw an exclusive tour.

Learn more at



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