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County weighmaster murdered at work remembered as selfless, easy-going

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Clackamas County employees are devastated after the death of a county weighmaster killed on the job last week.

Grady Waxenfelter was shot after he stopped a commercial truck on Highway 224, near Boring, last Thursday.

"Everything that goes around, whether through law enforcement, fire agencies, county work crews, our weighmasters," said Mike Hattan, who handles traffic safety issues for the county. "It's family."

Colleagues recalled Waxenfelter as lovable, friendly and selfless.

"I don't think I ever, ever saw him with a bad look on his face," Deputy Robby Nashif said. "Always smiling, always reaching out to shake your hand."

Waxenfelter started working for the county in 1987 and began working as a weighmaster in 2004.

"In those 10 years, as his direct supervisor, not one call, not one complaint of how he treated people," said Kevin Robinson, the county's chief weighmaster.

He attributed that to Waxenfelter's easy-going nature.

"He had a way of doing business," Robinson said. "He had a ‘shucks and howdy' that worked. He was a consummate professional."

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says Waxenfelter had stopped a truck hauling a load of wood last Thursday because the trailer did not have a license plate.

Investigators say the driver, identified as Dirck White, shot and killed Waxenfelter for unknown reasons and drove off.

The truck belonged to Estacada-based O'Malley Brothers Trucking. Waxenfelter had a good relationship with the company, according to Robinson.

"I don't know that there's a truck driver working for that outfit that Grady hasn't inspected and had dealings with," he said. "That's what he thought was happening that day."

Robinson said Waxenfelter did not know White.

A safety coordinator general manager for O'Malley Brothers told Fox 12 the company is heart-broken about what happened.

Clackamas County employees urge anyone with information about White and his whereabouts to contact investigators.

"We need to get this guy. He's dangerous," said Deputy Nashif. "He took a man's life that wore a badge. What's to say he may not try to do the same thing again."

If you see him, call 911 immediately. Deputies said do not approach White, as he is considered armed and dangerous.

White is from Edgewood, WA, but also has family in Montana. He was last seen driving a silver four-door 2004 Mercedes with Washington license plate ANB7070.

O'Malley Brothers has offered a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case, in addition to a $5,000 reward the county is offering.

A donation fund has been set up by the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation with 100 percent of donations going directly to the Waxenfelter family to help cover expenses.

Donations can be made at any Clackamas County Federal Credit Union Branch, or they can be sent to CCPOBF, P.O. Box 678, Clackamas, OR 97015, with donations made out to "CCPOBF" with "Grady Waxenfelter Fund" in the memo line.

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