CRESWELL – When a position opened up at the Creswell Sheriff’s office, Alex Speldrich knew he’d be a good fit for the job.
“I’m really passionate about solving problems before they rise to the level of needing enforcement action,” he said. “So I knew that in a community like Creswell, there was an opportunity to see issues and nip them in the bud
before they rose to that level. It’s a different, good change of pace.”
Speldrich replaces Sgt. Todd May, who was reassigned to the LCSO Civil Division in late February.
From a young age Speldrich knew he’d go into law enforcement — training with the explorer program in high school and eventually joining up with the Lane County Sheriff’s office in 2014. He started work in the jail before moving to graveyard patrol shifts in 2016.
“For pretty much my whole life, I knew I wanted to be in law enforcement,” he said. “I specifically remember when I was about kindergarten age, going to the Lane County Fair and sitting on a police motorcycle – I don’t remember what agency it was – and thinking, ‘this is awesome.’”
While he still rides for fun, it’s on the back burner. He’s committed to his family and work, his daughter is at the heart of his drive.
“I’m very lucky to have a family that is so supportive,” he said. “And I’m raising my daughter with the same support my parents gave me.”
Speldrich is eager to bring his policing philosophy to Creswell.
“It’s really nice to get to know what the problems are down here. Down here, I can just talk to the people walking on the street and they know more about what’s going on than anybody else,” he said. “And there’s a big benefit to knowing the problems in your community so that you can address them before they rise to the level of somebody getting a ticket or going to jail, because that’s not always the solution. It’s a lot easier for me to come up with specific solutions for whatever the problem is, instead of just having to take a broad approach.”
Then of course, there is that classic Creswell wave.
“You know, throughout the day, it seems like everybody’s waving,” he said. “My arm hurts sometimes, from waving. Everybody’s been really welcoming to me and everybody down here seems to be really supportive of our local police, so that’s a big plus.”