Conservators of the Peace

Clatsop County

Sheriff Tom Bergin

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 658, Astoria, OR 97103
Street Address:
1190 SE 19th Street
Warrenton, OR  97146

tel: 503-325-8635
fax: 503-325-8675
Clatsop County Sheriff’s site

About Sheriff Bergin

Sheriff Tom Bergin started his Law Enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for the Seaside Police Department in 1985. Bergin was hired fulltime in December of 1986 with Seaside where he worked patrol until 1992.

Bergin went to work for the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office in February of 1992 hired as a patrol Deputy. Bergin started the first narcotic canine unit at the Sheriff’s Office and had 3 dogs over the years of service.

Bergin was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996. Bergin has primarily been involved with patrol and narcotics over the course of his career and ran the Inter-Agency Narcotics team for several years. While supervising the team, Clatsop County Inter-Agency Narcotics Team (CCINT) was awarded Narcotic Team of the year 2001 from WSIN (Western States Information Network) in Sacramento California.

Bergin was promoted to Chief Deputy in 2003 and while Chief he finished earning his Middle Management and Executive certifications that were precluded by his Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory. Bergin has over 2344 hours of training in Law Enforcement from DPSST and also attended Oregon State and Portland State Universities.

Bergin ran for and was elected to the Office of Sheriff and started in January of 2005. He has since run unopposed for a second term and then re-elected for a third term in 2013. As of September 2015, Bergin announced he will seek a 4th term as Clatsop County Sheriff.

Bergin serves as the Oregon State Sheriffs representative to the 15 Western States Sheriff’s Association and also serves on several committees for both OSSA and WSSA.

Sheriff Bergin was elected to the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association executive board as Secretary in 2009, Vice President in 2010, and President in 2011. Bergin was named Sheriff of the Year in 2010 for the State of Oregon and was also named Sheriff of the year for the Western States in 2015.

Some additional certifications:

Graduate of Oregon Sheriffs Command College
Graduate of Oregon Executive Development Institute
Graduate of Oregon State Sheriff’s Academy
Graduate of Incident Command School
Drug Task Force Supervisors School
Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association
Aerial Spotter School
Clandestine Lab site safety school
Fight Crime invest in Kids
Oregon Search and Rescue Certified
Deputy Medical Examiner
Hostage Negotiator
Supervisor of the Drug Task Force named agency of the year 2001 for Western States
Certificate of Commendation from FBI for child abduction case
Oregon State Sheriff of the year 2010
Western States Sheriff of the year 2015

About the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – The Sheriff’s Office has been moving many pieces on the chess board over the last couple of months. Sergeant Phillips of the Criminal Division was promoted to jail commander. Senior Deputy Armstrong was promoted to sergeant in the Criminal Division. Senior Deputy Aaron Parks was promoted to sergeant in the Corrections Division. Senior Deputy Luedke will be leaving his post as resident deputy for Columbia Valley and taking the same position for the Jewell/Elsie area. Dep­uty Nate Baldwin will take over the resident deputy position for Columbia Valley/Knappa/ Svensen. Senior Deputy Justin Dersham will be returning to patrol, and Deputy Ryan Sisley will be taking the OHV/Forest deputy position. I want to say I am exceptionally proud of the work these dedicated deputies have done in their prior assignments and look forward to their continued success in their new positions.

One bit of good news, with the hiring of Dep­uty Shawn Copp in the Criminal Division and Deputies Robert Watson, Travis Owsley and Alex Brown in the Corrections Division, all divisions are fully staffed. It has been a long road getting to full staffing, and I have great confidence that these new members to the team will make the community proud. While technically we are at full staffing we still need to get the new deputies to the academy and trained, which takes about nine months, after that I am looking forward to returning to normal operations especially starting the work crew back up.

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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