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Message from the President

Pat Garrett, OSSA President & Washington County Sheriff   Spring – There are several responsibilities the sheriffs have in common regardless of the county they serve. For example, all sheriffs set the leadership tone, communicate with our community and within our organizations, set goals, put the right people in the right positions, implement change, provide […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Spring, 2017 – As we head into the 2017 legislative season here in Salem, your sheriffs have several important issues they are facing this year. Our legislative committee really hasn’t had any time off since last year, as we are either trying to get bills […]

Sheriff Chris Humphreys, Wheeler County

Sheriff Chris Humphreys is the fifth generation of his family to live in Wheeler County. He began as a deputy sheriff with Wheeler County in 1997. In 1999 he left Wheeler County to work for the Portland Police Bureau, moving back to Wheeler County in 2013 when he was first sworn in as Wheeler County […]

DPSST – Oregon’s Best-Kept Secret

On June 1, 1961, Governor Mark O. Hatfield signed House Bill 1590, creating the Advisory Board on Police Standards and Training to establish standards for the training and certification of city and county law enforcement officers. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) has played a significant role in the formation of this Board and has […]

Legal Analysis: President’s Executive Order of January 25, 2017

Many Oregon residents are asking their local Sheriff how President Trump’s January 25, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration will change local practices. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association provides the following analysis of this complex issue. The answer, at least in the short term, is that immediate changes to police practices are unlikely. All Oregon police […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff Winter 2016 — It has been a pleasure to serve as the president of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association during this past year. It has been a busy year with sheriffs helping other sheriffs. With the increase in political dissatisfaction creating a real threat to the safety […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Winter 2016 – Wow, where did the year 2016 go? At this time of year, we always look back and see what we have accomplished or what we wished we would have accomplished in the past year. As I write this, we have just returned […]

2016 OSSA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association hosted the 2016 Annual Conference in Bend, Oregon, held December 4-8, 2016 at the Bend Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center. There were approximately 260 Sheriffs and law enforcement professionals in attendance, along with 83 vendors, their equipment and personnel to staff their booth. During the election of officers, Washington County […]

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Support a New Approach to Drug Possession Crimes

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police recognize that every community and most of our citizens are touched in one way or another by the damaging impacts of drug addiction. We understand that it ruins lives, breaks hearts, burdens families and robs our communities of individuals with potential. Too often, individuals with addiction issues find their […]

Matt English, Hood River County

Matt was raised in Sherman County in the Columbia River Gorge. His dad Ray was the district attorney from 1970-1998 and his mother Mary was a speech therapist until Matt was born. His brother John was born when Matt was four. Matt graduated from Sherman Union High School and attended Southern Oregon University, where he […]

Message from the OSSA President

washington-pat-garrettAs the newly elected president, I am honored to represent all 36 Oregon sheriffs.

The sheriff has historically been the chief executive officer of the county, and this is still true under Oregon law. Elected by you and answering directly to the voters, your sheriff can be an effective voice of the people in the serious work of protecting the community. OSSA enables us to work together to serve you best.

By way of introduction, I am in my second term as the Washington County Sheriff, where deputies serve over a half million residents across 727 square miles of rural areas, urban communities, and cities. Our deputies also operate the only county jail. While Oregon counties are diverse in terms of climate, population, and economic drivers, your sheriffs work together to solve problems and challenges that we have in common.

The sheriffs of America have always played a significant role in the history of our nation; in fact, the office of Sheriff was the first county office established in the United States. Also, the first person to read the Declaration of Independence publicly was Philadelphia Sheriff John Nixon in Pennsylvania in 1776.

I look forward to working together to strengthen the office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve. Thank you for your continued support of the men and women on shift every day to keep our diverse and proud communities safe.

Sincerely,
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Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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