Parking-enforcement contract for downtown Medford on hold

A $136,800 contract for Medford parking enforcement has been tabled because a Seattle-based company failed to obtain required state certification for private security operations.

"We're scrambling to get it done," said Todd Clifford, manager for Diamond Parking Services offices in Bend, Roseburg and Ashland.

Diamond has sent required paperwork to the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

The city of Medford last week was poised to award the contract to Diamond when a local company cried foul.

Karen Evans, an investigator with the state agency, said security companies need to be certified.

She said a new interpretation of a 1995 law was conducted by her department, resulting in a June 7 letter to Action Parking of Medford saying they needed the certification. Action has the contract for parking enforcement in downtown.

An official from Action declined to have his comments in the paper.

Evans said Diamond, which wasn't contacted, also needs to get into compliance in other towns where it conducts parking enforcement, such as Ashland, Roseburg and Bend.

She said it appears Diamond will meet a deadline to submit paperwork to her agency by Dec. 22, when the City Council could make a determination whether to award the contract to Diamond.

A committee of city representatives reviewed requests for proposals from five companies, selecting Diamond as the first choice, Action Parking in Medford as the second choice and Vanguard in Medford as the third.

Diamond Parking has applied for temporary authorization from the state so it can perform parking enforcement in Medford.

Clifford said his company learned about the certification after the city had reviewed its proposal.

He said a supervisor will undergo training for the certification, which can then be passed on to employees who patrol parking lots and garages in downtown Medford.

Clifford said supervisors in Ashland, Roseburg and Bend will undergo the same training.

Council member Bob Strosser said the council pulled the parking enforcement contract off the agenda because it wanted to make sure that the certification procedure was followed correctly.

"When it comes back to us, we want it to be proper," he said.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or email

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