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Officer Steve Ross

Officer Steve Ross

Kalama patrol officer Steve Ross has resigned and will become a deputy in the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

His last day in Kalama will be March 13.

Ross, who joined the Kalama police force in September 2016, is a Vancouver native who joined Kalama’s five-member police force after a stint in the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s been a unique city to work for and it has been a lot of fun. And the fact that there is so little crime is nice because it does give us time to focus on the crimes when they do come in,” Ross said in a phone interview Thursday.

Ross said he’s interested in the opportunities for advancement in the sheriff’s office and has his eye on the K9 and detective units.

Chief Ralph Herrera lauded Ross at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, saying “he dedicated himself selflessly to our community.”

Herrera praised Ross’s work as a field training officer and helping to start up a Neighborhood Watch program in the Stone Forest development.

The search for a replacement will begin immediately, Herrera said. It would be quicker to get an experienced officer, but if not they would explore other options.

“We hope to attract a lot of applicants or an advanced applicant,” the chief said.

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