Conservators of the Peace

Crook County

Sheriff John Gautney

Crook County Sheriff's Office

308 E. 2nd St
Prineville, OR 97754

tel: 541-447-6398
fax: 541-416-0353

About Sheriff Gautney

Sheriff Gautney was sworn into office on December 31, 2015 after the retirement of Sheriff Jim Hensley. Sheriff Gautney served as the Undersheriff of Crook County from January 3, 2011 until becoming Sheriff. He began his career with Crook County Sheriff’s Office in April 1985 and worked as a criminal patrol deputy and later promoted to criminal patrol sergeant. After more than nine years with the Crook County Sheriff Office, Sheriff Gautney was hired by the Bend Police Department in July 1994.

While employed by the City of Bend Police, Sheriff Gautney served as a patrolman, criminal detective, patrol sergeant, criminal detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, and his last assignment with Bend Police was as Task Force Commander of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, where he was assigned for 3½ years.

Sheriff Gautney returned to Crook County Sheriff’s Office on January 3, 2011, after serving 16½ years with the Bend Police.

Sheriff Gautney has an Associate Degree from Central Oregon Community College and a Police Executive Certificate through Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Sheriff Gautney is a 2007 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Sheriff Gautney is a long-time resident of Crook County. He and his wife Audrey have four children, one of which is also a Deputy Sheriff and K9 Handler with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and eight grand-children to keep them busy.

About the Crook County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – Today as I write this article we are just coming off the 2016 General Election. There has been much activity around our nation and state by different folks who are not happy with the results of the election. We here in Crook County are so blessed to live in an area where we get along with our neighbors regardless of their beliefs. I am honored to be able to spend the next four years as your Sheriff and I thank all the folks in our county that put their faith in my ability to lead the Sheriff’s Office.

We were successful in passing the bond mea­sure for replacing our small and inadequate jail facility. The measure was passed by the voters with a 60/40 margin. This effort was possible due to the extraordinary efforts of our citizens who stepped up and took on the chal­lenge to get this project passed. The county is already in the process of moving forward with selecting a company to do architecture and construction work on the new facility. Our preliminary projected opening date is Decem­ber 2018.

With the approval of the new jail, I will be opening the position for a new jail command­er so that person can be in on the ground floor of the new facility design. Anyone who can qualify and is interested in that position should contact our county human resources department.

Deputy Chris Beard, who we just hired Sep­tember 1st as our new community service dep­uty, will graduate the Central Oregon Reserve Academy on November 12th. We are in the final phase of hiring three corrections deputies and one patrol deputy. We look forward to getting these new members on board which will relieve some of the burdens on our current jail and patrol staff.

On November 5th, our deputies and SAR unit were called to the area of the Maury Moun­tains of Crook County for an elk hunter who had overturned his ATV and impaled himself on the elk’s antler. After a fairly extended time trying to locate the hunter, he was eventually airlifted to the hospital in Bend.

The last few weeks leading up to the election have been very hectic, and I want to thank my staff for hanging in there and being a great assistance to me. I also thank the community for your continued support of me and my staff. You are all awesome.

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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