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JOSEPH — Saying that starting its own police department would be too much of a heavy lift, Joseph Mayor Lisa Collier and members of the City Council are leaning toward contracting with the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office to fund a deputy who would be based in Joseph.

That appeared to be the consensus at a council work session Tuesday, March 14, although Collier and councilors emphasized that no decisions have yet been made and that they wanted to hear from Joseph residents on the issue.

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