Sheriff: no crime in case of Medford candidate, county clerk

The Jackson County clerk's police complaint about a political candidate will not result in criminal charges.

Deputies have concluded no crime occurred during a June interaction at the clerk's between Medford resident Curt Ankerberg, a candidate for City Council, and Jackson County clerk Chris Walker, said Andrea Carlson, a sheriff's spokeswoman.

The department never was able to talk with Ankerberg about the incident, Carlson noted, but deputies already determined he did not commit a crime.

Walker in June complained to police that Ankerberg, a Medford accountant, became verbally abusive during the process of applying to be a candidate, causing her and other staff members to feel physically and verbally threatened.

Ankerberg denied making physical threats toward Walker or staff members.

The sheriff's office opened a criminal case but never interviewed Ankerberg.

Ankenberg became convinced Walker and her staff were deliberately trying to keep him off the ballot after they initially refused to verify several of the candidate's required 25 signatures.


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