Jovita Ballentine has been selected as this year’s grand marshal for the Newport Loyalty Day Parade, which begins at noon on Saturday, May 7, and travels down Highway 101 through Newport.
Ballentine has spent her entire life on the Oregon coast. She is currently a community service officer with the Newport Police Department. Her career in law enforcement began in 1999 when she was hired as a 911 dispatcher for LINCOM in Newport. She later accepted a position with the Lincoln City Police Department as a dispatcher and became a reserve police officer, as well.
Ballentine moved on to work for the Toledo Police Department as a dispatcher and was very active in community enrichment programs, including Safety Town for kids, National Night Out, Community Outreach, Toledo Police Explorers and more. She received the Dispatcher of the Year award at the annual Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet in 2016.
In 2018, Ballentine was hired as a community service officer for the Newport Police Department. Her duties include the enforcement of certain regulatory municipal ordinances within the city, as well as parking violations, short term rental violations, trespass enforcement authorizations, writing reports for found property, theft, criminal mischief, vandalism and graffiti. She also assists with Newport Police Department’s social media pages by taking videos and photos of police events in the community.
In her role as community service officer, Ballentine attempts to resolve incidents through voluntary compliance, particularly with attractive nuisance violations, abandoned vehicles and short-term rental compliance. She works with members of the community to make Newport a safer and more presentable community for both residents and visitors to the area.
Ballentine was recognized in 2019 as an Employee of the Quarter for the Newport Police Department, and later in the year, as the city of Newport’s Employee of the Year. Newport Police Chief Jason Malloy recently appointed her the department’s homeless liaison officer.
Besides her duties at the Newport Police Department, Ballentine is active in several local community committees, organizations and programs in Newport and Waldport.
Loyalty Day Festival schedule:
Friday, May 6
• Noon, Veterans lunch at Newport 60-plus Activity Center (call 541-574-5459 for reservations).
• 9 p.m., Reading of the Names of Oregon Military lost in action at Newport National Guard Armory.
Saturday, May 7th
• 11:45 a.m., Loyalty Days Fun Run on parade route.
• Noon, Newport Loyalty Days Parade on Highway 101, starting at Fred Meyer.
• 2 p.m., American Legion barbecue
• 2 p.m., Blessing of the Fleet on Yaquina Bay
• 4 p.m., Fisherman Wives barbecue near Englund Marina
• 7 p.m., Remembrance at Fishermen Memorial in Yaquina Bay Park