Conservators of the Peace

Posts by Debbie Spinden

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff September 2016 — became involved with the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) in December of 1997. At that time I was the undersheriff of Malheur County. I quickly learned the value and importance of this great organization. The reasons to be involved are many, but I believe the […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff September 2016 — The events over the last couple of months have been extremely troubling, and the division in our country seems to be spreading. The reason it is so troubling, in my opinion, is that it’s truly based upon false information, lies, fear, and […]

Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial

On May 3rd, law enforcement from around the Northwest and Canada participated in the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony held at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy. Governor Kate Brown and Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) both spoke during the ceremony. The sheriffs from around the […]

Bruce Riley, Linn County

Bruce Riley was appointed Linn County Sheriff on January 1, 2014, following the retirement of former Sheriff Tim Mueller. On November 4, 2014 he was elected to his four-year term. One of his proudest moments was on January 5, 2015 when he was sworn in as the 39th Sheriff of Linn County by his father, […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff July, 2016 — Over the last few years, we have observed that community trust in law enforcement is strained. This strain has come about for many reasons; some are just and many are unjust. Often social media, YouTube, television, etc., delivers a false sense of what the actual […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Curry County Sheriff July, 2016 — Members, as we head into summer of this very busy and fast-moving year, I want to update you on what is happening at OSSA. Many of you may not get to see the inner workings of OSSA. Our mission is to promote, protect, preserve, […]

O&C Timberland

The Oregon State Sheriffs Association (OSSA) along with numerous other organizations have reviewed the newest management plan released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for 2.5 million acres of O&C timberland here in Oregon. OSSA takes a strong interest in this plan because federal law provides that the primary use of these O&C lands […]

Terry Rowan, Umatilla County

Terry Rowan moved to Oregon from Shawnee, Oklahoma in February of 1989 to live near his father, Larry. Terry’s father was in public safety and Terry found the profession interesting. He applied with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and started his public safety career in March of 1989 as an on-call control room/dispatch operator. Not […]

Washington County Sheriffs Gather to Honor Explorer Post 877

Nearly 200 former explorers, advisors and retirees gathered in Hillsboro to recognize the 50th anniversary of Explorer Post 877, Oregon’s oldest law enforcement search and rescue post. It was a great evening for celebration and catching up with old friends, with Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett who hosted the gathering saying, “It was an honor […]

A Mother’s Loss Spurs ‘Drive with a Cop’

On a crisp fall day last October, more than 40 high-school students from the Clackamas County area arrived at Grace Chapel in Wilsonville to “Drive with a Cop” — and improve their skills behind the wheel. “Drive with a Cop” was a six-hour session that put newly licensed drivers in their own cars with deputies […]