Conservators of the Peace

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

OSSA Annual Conference Vendors

The Oregon Sheriffs would like to thank the many vendors who supported the event, displaying and demonstrating their products and services as well as giving door prizes and samples. A special thanks goes to Appriss, ATIMS Jail Management Software, Bank of the Cascades, Bi-Mart, California Forensic Medical Group, Citycounty Insurance, Correctional Health Partners, Day Wireless, […]

OSSA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet

The Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center was the setting for the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association 2015 Annual Conference and Awards Banquet. The event was held the week of December 7th with over 310 sheriffs and law enforcement professionals attending the conference, 345 attending the banquet, and 82 vendors. Election of officers was held and Malheur […]