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.
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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.
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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 County.
  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 worthy second-year college law enforcement/corrections students.
  6. Provide permanent historical museums of Oregon Sheriffs Memorabilia.
 

Officers and Executive Committee

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President

Sheriff Matt English, Hood River County

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Vice-President

Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County

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Secretary

Sheriff Terry Rowan, Umatilla County

2018 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 Jason Myers, Marion County
Sheriff Bruce Riley, Linn County
Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County
Sheriff Terry Rowan, Umatilla County
Sheriff Tim Svenson, Yamhill 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
 

Association Subchapters

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

Civil Command Council

Chair
Chief Civil Deputy Brian Wallace
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
100 High St NE
Salem, OR  97301
503-589-3271

Vice-Chair
Chief Civil Deputy Ivy Zimmerman
Morrow County Sheriff’s Office
325 Willow View Drive
Heppner, OR 97836
541-676-5317

Secretary
Civil Clerk Taylor Rodriguez
Linn County Sheriff’s Office
1115 SE Jackson St
Albany, OR  97322
541-967-3907

Enforcement Command Council

Chair
Lieutenant Jon Terland
Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office
221 S Oregon St
Condon, OR  97823
541-980-7603

Vice-Chair
Undersheriff Travis Johnson
Malheur County Sheriff’s Office
151 B Street W
Vale, OR 97918
541-473-5126

Secretary
Commander John Koch
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
215 SW Adams Ave, Mailstop #32
Hillsboro, OR  97123
503-846-2515

Jail Command Council

Chair
Captain Lee Eby
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2223 Kaen Rd
Oregon City, OR  97045
503-722-6760

Vice-Chair
Sergeant Joel Hensley
Curry County Sheriff’s Office
29808 Colvin St
Gold Beach, OR 97444
541-247-3320

Second Vice Chair
Lieutenant Jamie Russell
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
225 W Olive St
Newport, OR  97365
541-265-0701

Parole & Probation Command Council

Chair
Commander Jamie Hepner
Hood River County Sheriff’s Office
309 State St
Hood River, OR 97031
541-387-7056

Vice-Chair
Captain Justin Carley
Benton County Sheriff’s Office
180 NW 5th St
Corvallis, OR 97330
541-766-6224

Secretary
Lieutenant / P&P Supervisor Will Benson
Baker County Sheriff’s Office
3410 K St
Baker, OR 97814
541-523-8217

CHL Civil Council

Chair
Tami Wood
Linn County Sheriff’s Office
1115 SE Jackson St
Albany, OR 97322
541-967-3907

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

Secretary
Paige Smith
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
215 SW Adams Ave, Mailstop #32
Hillsboro, OR 97123
503-846-2521

Search & Rescue Advisory Council

Chair
Sergeant Shawn Richards
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
5179 Crater Lake Highway
Central Point, OR 97502
541-864-8840

Vice-Chair
Deputy Bruce McGuire
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
225 W Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
541-961-0295

Secretary
Deputy Cory Krauss
Josephine County Sheriff’s Office
1901 NE F St
Grants Pass, OR 97526
541-474-5301