Conservators of the Peace

Benton County

Sheriff Scott Jackson

Benton County Sheriff's Office

180 NW 5th St
Corvallis, OR 97330

tel: 541-766-6858
fax: 541-766-6011

About Sheriff Jackson

Sheriff Scott Jackson was appointed on July 1, 2013, to fulfill retired Sheriff Diana Simpson’s term of office. Initially hired by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a part time on-call Corrections Deputy, within a few months he was hired full time and has served the Benton County community ever since. He holds dual certification in Corrections and Police through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and has held multiple positions within the Sheriff’s Office including: Deputy, Corporal, Sergeant, Training/Policy Sergeant and Lieutenant (Jail Commander). He was appointed by retired Sheriff Simpson to serve as Undersheriff in 2008 overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jackson is a military veteran having joined the U.S. Army in 1983. He served in the active duty Army and Oregon Army National Guard. Stationed in Germany he was a member of the prestigious 11th Armored Calvary Regiment “Blackhorse.” Leaving active duty in 1991, he continued to serve the nation through the Army Reserve and Oregon National Guard, retiring in 2008.

His career in criminal justice started when he returned from serving overseas and took a position with the Arizona Department of Corrections. While traveling through Oregon on vacation he stopped in Corvallis during a snowstorm and almost immediately knew this was where he wanted to live. He took his picture in front of the Sheriff’s Office sign, returned to Arizona and submitted a 30-day notice of his intent to resign. He moved to Corvallis and immediately applied with the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Jackson has a bachelor’s degree from Western Baptist College and is nearing completion of a graduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Western Oregon University. His professional studies include attending the FBI National Academy, Oregon Executive Institute, the Pacific Program, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Command College, Northwest Leadership Seminars, Leadership Corvallis as well as multiple courses through the American Correctional Association and the National Institute of Corrections.

Jackson serves the Benton County community both as Sheriff and through his involvement with local nonprofit endeavors. He is the Board President of the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, President-Elect of Leadership Corvallis, Chair-Elect for Willamette Criminal Justice Counsel, past chair and current board member of The Sheriff’s Foundation, a member of Rotary, a member of Corvallis Elks, and actively supports endeavors aimed at improving the lives of children.

About the Benton County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – Benton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to protecting our area’s vital resources.

Benton County’s forest patrol deputy is tasked with protecting our public and private forest lands. With rural forest covering nearly three-quarters of the county, the forest patrol deputy puts about 20,000 miles on his truck each year looking for criminal activity. That might include theft of forest products, trespass, illegal garbage dumping, hazards during fire season, drug activity, and more.

This year we managed several cases of theft of forest products involving salal. Salal is sold for use in floral arrangements and is prized for its long shelf life. While permits are available to harvest salal, offenders either over-harvested or harvested in unauthorized areas. Other forest products subject to theft are firewood, mushrooms, bear grass, and ferns.

Trespass is another issue we dealt with in 2016. Visitors using the forest would get permits for harvesting forest products from the US Forest Service, but would then end up on BLM or private property. Mountain bikers would ride in restricted areas, causing damage to the forest. Our forest patrols focused on educating offenders but also used enforcement when necessary. The goal is to ensure healthy forests and safe recreation for all forest visitors in Benton County.

2017 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

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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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