Molalla police chief, councilor announce departures

Mollala Pioneer
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 2021-10-15 Frank Schoenfeld will retire, Steve Deller will move his family to Texas, they announced Oct. 13.

Molalla lost a couple of city components Wednesday night as Police Chief Frank Schoenfeld announced his retirement and Steve Deller announced his resignation from the City Council.

Schoenfeld has been with the Molalla Police Department for six years.

"I would like to tell you all in person that I have submitted and received acceptance for my retirement," Schoenfeld told the council Oct. 13. "This is kind of hard for me. My last day will be Nov. 30, which makes my retirement date Dec. 1, 2021.

"I've served this agency and this wonderful city of Molalla with great pride for the past almost six years. The most difficult part of this decision is stepping down from my role as chief, your chief. I've tried to do my best to represent you, my department and our citizens."

Schoenfeld has enjoyed a 32-year career in law enforcement. He said he couldn't have asked for more and that he felt "so blessed." But he added that it was time to step down and let "this amazing team" that he's helped build in Molalla continue ahead. He went on to list some of the accomplishments he'd been part of in Molalla.

He said he'd do all he could to help his successor with a smooth transition.

During councilor comments, Deller told the council Oct. 13 would be his final council meeting and he'd miss working with the city and council.

"We got here 13 years ago and thought it would be my forever home," Deller told the council. "I've really enjoyed working with this team here.

"The values of Molalla are just incredible … there's unity and independence -- the people are stubborn and they are helpful and I love it. I wish the State of Oregon espoused the same values as we see here, but it doesn't."

Deller said that he and his family would be moving to Texas, saying they felt a calling to make this move. "God gave us a sign -- we got a definite sign, a real push in that direction," Deller said. "It's all coming together much faster than expected."

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