'I think a levy is going to be a difficult sell but not an impossible one'

'I think a levy is going to be a difficult sell but not an impossible one' »Play Video
Pat Farr

EUGENE, Ore. - Pat Farr has served twice on the Eugene City Council, with time as a Republican lawmaker in the Oregon House inbetween.

On Monday, Farr will be sworn in as a new member of the Lane County Commission. The consultant said he is ready to tackle the challenges of his new job - including the dilemma for public safety and the Lane County jail.

Farr defeated one-term incumbent Rob Handy last May for the seat representing North Eugene on the county board.

Since his election win, he has been going to commissioner meetings and getting his office space ready.

Farr said county budget cuts and the crunch on public safety are utmost on his mind. He said he could get behind a public safety levy for the ballot this year if the money is focused on the county jail, rural sheriff patrols and juvenile detention.

"I think a levy is going to be a difficult sell but not an impossible one if people understand - if people believe - that they're getting the right bang for their dollar, so to speak," he told KVAL News.

Farr said the board should lease empty office space in the Serbu Youth Campus and use that money to open more bedspace.

Farr will be sworn in officially this Monday as commissioner, along with Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner, who ran unopposed for re-eleciton.