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Sisters man links activists with law enforcement

Central Oregon Black Leaders Assembly (C.O.B.L.A.) has tapped Greg Walker of Sisters to serve as a law-enforcement liaison.

In a release, C.O.B.L.A. stated that the organization “has determined from its efforts in the community at large regarding the need for improved/transparent law enforcement in Deschutes/Jefferson/Crook counties, the need to have a qualified, educated, experienced, proactive, and published law-enforcement professional familiar with Central Oregon on staff as C.O.B.L.A.’s law-enforcement liaison (LEL).”

Walker, a Special Forces veteran and retired law-enforcement professional who worked in Deschutes County, will serve temporarily in the unpaid position, serving as a link and conduit between local, state, regional, and federal law-enforcement senior administrations and C.O.B.L.A. “to help navigate, mediate, negotiate, and de-conflict matters of interest and concern between these agencies and (C.O.B.L.A.)… The LEL assists in bringing matters of concern and interest through meaningful partnerships with our senior law-enforcement administrators in a manner that promotes growing trust and progress in Central Oregon.”

Within 90 days C.O.B.L.A. is seeking to transition to “a qualified and experienced law-enforcement professional who is a Person of Color/LGBTQ candidate coming from the Central Oregon community of former or retired law-enforcement officers,” according to the press release. Walker will assist C.O.B.L.A. ( in achieving that goal.


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