Opportunities to Learn and Provide Input

Community Forums held this fall

Benton County hosted two community forums to share information about the proposed facilities and how to improve outcomes in crisis response and community safety. The forums included a short presentation and panel discussion for questions/answers from the public.

Benton County Community Safety Forum:
Improving Accountability and Emergency Response

When: Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 NW Cleveland Ave, Corvallis

Benton County Mental Health Forum:
Better Outcomes in Crisis Response and the Justice System

When: Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 NW Cleveland Ave, Corvallis

Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee was formed in 2020 to serve as advisors during the first phase of the Justice System Improvement Program. The committee includes a diverse collection of community members from across the County. This committee is a key link to the broader Benton County communities and provides input and feedback on evolving concept designs to ensure alignment with community priorities, the County’s core values and the objectives of the assessment. Please visit the Leadership and Advisory Committee page to view a current roster of CAC members, and the Documents page to view an all-inclusive list of CAC members.

2022 Meeting Schedule

The following meetings are open to the public.
Visit the Benton County Meetings page for the meeting link

Community Small Group Presentations

From September through December 2022, Commissioner Xan Augerot and Sheriff Van Arsdall provided small group presentations to diverse stakeholders from across the County. These presentations included an overview of the facilities planned for the May 2023 bond measure and also included opportunities for questions and feedback.

  • The Arc of Benton County
  • Benton County Community Health Centers (Board of Directors)
  • City of Adair Village
  • City of Albany
  • City of Corvallis
  • City of Monroe
  • City of Philomath
  • Home, Opportunity, Planning, and Equity (HOPE) Advisory Board
  • NAACP Linn Benton Branch
  • Rotary Club of Greater Corvallis

If you would like to request a presentation to your organization, please contact us.

Community Engagement Goals

Throughout the planning process, Benton County is committed to providing residents with opportunities to learn more about the Justice System Improvement Program and provide input. Input and different points of view are valued. Your participation will help us to create an informed plan that aligns with community values and priorities. The County’s continuing goals include the following:

  • Raise awareness about the County’s approach to embracing prevention, treatment and accountability in the justice system.
  • Gather perspectives about the Justice System Improvement Program from people with diverse perspectives.
  • Listen carefully to people regarding program purpose, goals, and questions.
  • Build community trust as a strong foundation for the program.
  • Hear from a broad and diverse group of people; consider all input, not just the loudest opinions. Thoughtfully consider community input, respond in a timely way, and explain the reasoning behind program decisions.
  • Determine the values of voters as we plan for a May 2023 bond measure.