Voters decide: Salem will get its new police center
Disappointed no more, the Friends of Salem Police celebrated with volunteers and contributors Tuesday night after election returns showed the ballot measure to build a new police center won decisively at the polls Tuesday.
“It means the world to me,” said Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore as he responded to the news of the election win. “I can’t thank this community enough, because this is about the future of our police department. It’s about the future of our community. And this facility, I know, will be a great thing for this entire community and our police officers. On behalf of all the men and women in the police department, thank you.”
Final, unofficial results showed the measure winning 16,552 (62.4%) to 9,980 (37.6%). Last November a similar, larger measure lost 30,997 to 34,172.
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