Want to help shape local policies on law enforcement, administration of justice and public safety? Take time this Thursday to participate in a Town Hall Meeting with key leaders.

Following the successful South Pacific County Drug Enforcement and Education panel discussion in April in Ocean Park, plans were made to bring a similar opportunity to the Peninsula's south end.

This meeting is set for Thursday, June 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Ilwaco High School cafeteria. Everyone is invited.

Among other presenters, Sheriff John Didion and Long Beach Police Chief Flint Wright will lead the law enforcement component of the discussion, with Didion reviewing the recent successes of the Pacific County Narcotics Enforcement Taskforce. County Attorney David Burke will talk about the prosecution and plea-bargaining processes. Judges Mike Sullivan and Doug Goelz will talk about what they see and do from the bench. County Commissioner Jon Kaino will give his perceptive, as will Long Beach Mayor Ralph Moore and Ilwaco Mayor Doug Hubbard.

Along with other guests, these local leaders will be listening carefully to what you have to say. Do you feel drug-related crimes are hurting your quality of life? Are there other concerns you have about how law agencies and elected officials keep us safe? Come ask your questions and express your opinions.

As in Ocean Park, Chinook Observer editor Matt Winters will moderate the discussion and report on the results.

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