Former mayor says Nou would make a good sheriff | Political Notebook

Former Burns, Ore., mayor Laura Van Cleave has praise for her former police chief Rob Nou's skills as a law enforcement administrator.

"If you're looking for a good sheriff, he would be perfect. I'd vote for him in a minute."

Nou, a Lopez Island sheriff's deputy, is one of five candidates for sheriff. The others are Deputy Jeff Asher, Adult Probation Officer Brad Fincher, Detective Brent Johnson, and Deputy Felix Menjivar. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 17 primary advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

Nou was a sheriff's deputy, administrator and police chief in Oregon for more than 25 years.

"I really liked him. I thought he was a really nice guy and a really great police chief," Van Cleave said. "We're a frontier community, miles and miles and miles from anyplace — 130 miles from Bend, 130 miles from anything of any size, so we're very self-contained. We're the biggest county geographically in Oregon and the eighth biggest in the U.S. Some people count their people per square miles, we count square miles per people. Rob just fit in, perfect as far as I'm concerned."

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