October 23 2019
RAINIER, Oregon - City councilors granted Mayor Jerry Cole authority to decide memorial plans for Police Chief Ralph Painter who was shot and killed Wednesday after a struggle with a man at a car stereo store.
City Councilors will probably adopt a resolution to allow the mayor to act alone. The Council voted to spend up to $25,000 on Painter's memorial and use $8,000 received in donations.
"By law", Cole said, "we're looking at those details of what the city can and can't pay for with public money, because there are some items that we can't pay for just by law."
Painter's memorial service is set for Friday, January 14 at 1 p.m and will be held at the University of Portland Chiles Center.
Those who can't make it a public visitation will be available at Rainier City Hall on Thursday January 13 from noon to 6 p.m.
"In this case we call the chief's radio number three times and then signify that he's out of service," said Hillsboro Police Department representative Eric Bunday.