New Corvallis Police Chief to Field Questions at Public Forum

Corvallis has a new police chief, and for our next CitySpeak forum, hell be fielding questions from the public and our editorial board.   

Police Chief Nick Hurley ascended to his current post on June 30 this year, taking over a department that is relatively well regarded by the community, but at a time when most people are questioning policing generally.  

The conversation will look at local policing, but we’ll also ask Hurley for his viewpoints about the current state of law enforcement nationally, and what he believes about the Black Lives Matter movement and protesting.  

Schedule  

The live forum starts 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1. It will be available on The Advocate’s website and Facebook page. Questions from the public are encouraged, on either the Facebook post of the event or emailed to cityspeak@corvallisadvocate.com. A video of the forum will be available afterwards.  

Part of The Advocate’s CitySpeak series, these events are co-presented by City Club of Corvallis, and sponsored by Peak Sports and First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op.  

About Chief Hurley  

In 2019, Hurley, who is fluent in American Sign Language, helped develop a training program through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to help police officers better communicate and engage with people who are deaf and hard of hearing.  

Also last year as the division captain in charge of the 9-1-1 dispatch center Hurley was instrumental in developing the framework for the countywide 9-1-1 service district, which passed at the ballot with 61 percent approval in November 2019.  

Hurley has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, and is a 2019 graduate of the FBI National Academy.