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Washington County Sheriffs Gather to Honor Explorer Post 877


Explorer Post 877 members were presented with the Distinguished Service Award for their search and rescue efforts last fall.


Retired Sheriffs Todd Anderson (Tillamook County), Bill Probstfield, Jim Spinden, Rob Gordon and current Sheriff Pat Garrett.

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 to recognize our explorers and welcome back former Sheriffs Bill Probstfield, Jim Spinden, and Rob Gordon as we celebrated 50 years of service to the Washington County community and the state of Oregon.”

Sheriff Garrett recognized the efforts of three deputies who started the post in 1966, retirees Detective Ken Engh, Captain Harold Kleve, and Captain Tom McDowell. He also thanked former advisor Sergeant Tygh Thompson and current advisor Corey Stone for their many years of service. He invited his three predecessors to join him in presenting the Distinguished Service Award to members of Explorer Post 877 for their successful search and rescue of a lost missing person in a forested area of Tillamook County.

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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.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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