About the OSSA

Dedicated to serving and improving the law enforcement community.

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association was formed in 1916 to give Oregon Sheriffs a single and effective voice. Oregon’s 36 elected Sheriffs and their staff strive to improve citizen and community safety on a daily basis. Oregon’s Sheriffs are committed to the work of OSSA and strive to enhance criminal justice professionalism, improve law enforcement techniques and technology, and endeavor to collaboratively enhance community safety with their local, state and federal law enforcement partners. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

About the Office of the Sheriff

The history and origin of the Sheriff is a long one. Dive in and learn more about the position and duties of the sheriff as it has evolved over the centuries.

Goals of the OSSA

The Oregon sheriffs and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association have six major goals which they are constantly striving to attain:

  1. Keeping up with police science and technology and providing appropriate
    educational programs for law enforcement personnel and the general public.
  2. Maintaining the role of Sheriff, as the chief law enforcement officer in the
  3. Developing and maintaining a public image that will permit the citizens to
    have confidence in the Sheriff’s ability to meet modern police problems.
  4. Working together to solve the problems of all Oregon Sheriffs and meet the
    challenges collectively.
  5. Provide scholarships to qualified second-year college law enforcement/corrections students.
  6. Provide permanent historical museum of Oregon Sheriffs Memorabilia.

Officers and Executive Committee

Sheriff Pat Garrett, Washington County

Sheriff Matt English, Hood River County

Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County

2017 OSSA Executive Committee

Sheriff Tom Bergin, Clatsop County
Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County
Sheriff Matt English, Hood River County
Sheriff Pat Garrett, Washington County
Sheriff Chris Humphreys, Wheeler County
Sheriff Ken Matlack, Morrow County
Sheriff Jason Myers, Marion County
Sheriff Bruce Riley, Linn County
Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County
Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Malheur County

OSSA Staff

Sheriff John Bishop (Ret.), Executive Director
Julie Miller, Executive Assistant
Vicky Knutson, Financial Specialist
Marianne Novotny, Program Coordinator
Becca Sloper, Sheriff Sales Clerk
Debbie Spinden, Website/Magazine Editor
Elmer Dickens, General Counsel
Kevin Campbell, Lobbyist

OSSA Programs

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association participates and hosts a variety of programs to provide both law enforcement and public education:

  • Annual Conference and Awards Banquet
  • Civil Process Manual Publication (with order information)
  • Civil Training
  • College Scholarships Awarded
  • Command College
  • Court Security Training
  • Deputy Sheriff Academy
  • Enforcement (Patrol and Investigations) Training
  • Impaired Driving Grant Administration
  • Jail Inspector Certification
  • Jail Inspection Program
  • Jail Management Training
  • Livestock Investigation School
  • Museum Displays
  • New Sheriff Institute
  • Quarterly Oregon Sheriff Magazine
  • Safety Belt Grant Administration
  • Search and Rescue Training
In addition to educational programs, the OSSA also provides annual assistance for the following programs and/or organizations:

  • Asset Forfeiture Oversight Committee
  • Community Corrections Interstate Compact Council
  • Dept. of Public Safety Standards and Training
  • Board of Public Safety and Training
  • Corrections Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • Corrections Policy Committee
  • Police Policy Committee
  • Telecommunications Advisory Committee
  • DMV/LE Coordination Committee
  • DOC Population Advisory Committee
  • FBI CJ Information Services Advisory Policy Committee
  • Law Enforcement Data Systems
  • Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission
  • Governor’s Advisory. Board on Community Corrections
  • Governor’s Advisory. Board on DUII
  • Governor’s Reentry Council
  • Juvenile Crime Prevention Advisory Committee
  • LE Contacts Policy and Data Review Committee
  • LE Medal of Honor Committee
  • 911 Advisory Board (APCO)
  • Oregon Accreditation Alliance
  • Oregon Community Corrections Commission
  • Oregon Criminal Justice Council
  • Oregon Emergency Management
  • Oregon Marine Board
  • Oregon Association of Mounted Posse
  • Oregon State Hospital Task Force
  • Police Memorial Trust Fund
  • Seismic Rehabilitation Committee
  • State Interoperability Executive Committee
  • Violence Against Women Advisory Board


The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association has committees that are responsible for a variety of tasks within the association.

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  • Amber Alert
  • Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council
  • APCO Representative
  • Asset Forfeiture Oversight Committee
  • Association of Oregon Counties (AOC)
  • Attorney General’s Task Force on Crime Victims
  • Awards Committee
  • By-Laws Committee
  • Budget Committee
  • Command College/Deputy Academy & New Sheriff’s Academy Committee
  • Community Corrections Commission
  • Community Corrections Interstate Compact Council
  • Consular Affairs
  • Court Security
  • Criminal Justice Information System (CJIS)
  • Criminal Victims Services Division
  • DMV/LE Coordination Committee
  • Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST)
  • Telecommunications Policy Committee
  • Deputy Sheriffs’ Academy Committee
  • DOC Population Advisory Committee
  • Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Federal Clearinghouse/Missing Children
  • Governor’s Advisory Committee on DUII
  • Governor’s Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission
  • Governor’s Law Enforcement Contacts Policy & Data Review Committee
  • Governor’s Law Enforcement Medal of Honor Committee
  • Governor’s Task Force on Public Safety
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)
  • LEDS Advisory Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Law Enforcement Responsible Technology Work Group
  • Livestock & Oregon Cattlemen’s Association
  • Magazine/Honorary Membership Committee
  • Marine Board
  • Medical Examiners Board
  • Nominating Committee
  • Oregon Accreditation Alliance (OAA)
  • Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP)
  • Oregon Association of Mounted Posses
  • OJS Lead Inspector Liaison
  • Oregon Law Enforcement Leadership Forum
  • Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association Liaison (ONEA)
  • PSRB
  • Public Lands Committee
  • Retired Sheriffs Committee
  • School Crisis Response Task Force
  • State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC)
  • Threat Assessment Network
  • Statewide Web Based Training
  • Western States Sheriffs’ Association

Association Subchapters

Committee subchapters are in place to cover a wide variety of topics to further better public safety and education.

Civil Command Council

Lieutenant Sterrin Holcomb
Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office
4700 NW Pioneer Place
Pendleton, OR 97801

Captain David O’Shaughnessy
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

Chief Civil Deputy Ivy Zimmerman
Morrow County Sheriff’s Office
325 Willow View Drive
Heppner, OR 97836

Enforcement Command Council

Commander Eric Hlad
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
100 High Street, NE
Salem, OR 97309

Sergeant Jon Terland
Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office
221 S Oregon Street
Condon, OR 97823

Undersheriff Travis Johnson
Malheur County Sheriff’s Office
151 B Street W
Vale, OR 97918

Jail Command Council

Commander Matt Frohnert
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
215 SW Adams
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Captain Dan Penland
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
5179 Carter Lake Highway
Central Point, OR 97502

Second Vice Chair
Captain Bob Pippenger
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office
5995 Long Prairie Road
Tillamook, OR 97141

Parole & Probation Command Council

Undersheriff Chris Hoy
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2223 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045

Lieutenant Kristen Hanthorn
Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office
355 7th Street
PO Box 658
Astoria, OR 97103

CHL Civil Council

Sandy Smith
Wasco County Sheriff’s Office
511 Washington St. Suite #102
The Dalles, OR 97058

Tami Wood
Linn County Sheriff’s Office
1115 SE Jackson St
Albany, OR 97322

Erik Patton
Morrow County Sheriff’s Office
325 Willow View Dr
Heppner, OR 97836
541-676-2525 x5109

Search & Rescue Advisory Council

Sergeant Shawn Richards
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
5179 Crater Lake Highway
Central Point, OR 97502

Deputy Bruce McGuire
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
225 W Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Lieutenant Bryan Husband
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
63333 West Highway 20
Bend, OR 97703