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Meet Craig

Born and raised in Clackamas County, Craig Roberts’ four-decade career in law enforcement included four terms as Clackamas County Sheriff, from January 2005 through the end of 2020.

During his 16 years as Sheriff, Craig successfully made several improvements on the local and statewide level that focused on our youth, individuals with mental illness, and those struggling with addiction.

Children’s Center

When Craig was a detective, he worked at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center at CARES NW, a child abuse assessment center. It was during that time he saw the need for a child abuse center right here in Clackamas County. He organized local leaders to create the county’s first child abuse assessment center, called the Children’s Center.

A Safe Place

Craig saw that family violence was having a devastating impact on children and families. He collaborated with Clackamas Women’s Services and other partners dedicated to helping domestic violence survivors, to create A Safe Place, a family justice center in Oregon City. The center provides a cross-section of services to survivors and their families, and survivors of elder abuse.

Clackamas Substance Abuse Program (CSAP)

As Sheriff, Craig helped build a successful in-patient drug and alcohol treatment program for adults in custody called the Clackamas Substance Abuse Program (CSAP). The treatment program has 80 beds where clients are typically involved from 18-24 months. About 88% of CSAP graduates stay sober and are not re-arrested. Roberts also created the Transition Center, located directly across the street from the Clackamas County Jail. The Transition Center is designed to address homelessness, mental illness, and addiction problems for those leaving jail and re-entering society. CSAP and the Transition Center share a common goal: ending the revolving door of incarceration and addressing issues that directly impact our communities.

Mental Health Transitional Housing

Through a partnership with Clackamas County Health, Housing, and Human Services, Craig also helped launch transitional housing to help stabilize those struggling with mental illness and connect them with more permanent housing. One facility is for women, one for men, each with its own house manager.

 

“My motto as Sheriff was, ‘Working Together to Make a Difference,’” said Craig. "Each and every program was a direct result of bringing key stakeholders together, developing a plan, and acting with urgency."