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


Spring, 2017 – We are looking forward to 2017, knowing that it is going to be a busy year. There are many new things that we will be facing this year. Already we have a new president, and that has created some activity around the Sheriff’s Office with questions about immigration and what will be our response to that issue.

The Sheriff’s Office has just started our fourth annual Citizen’s Academy. The academy will run through the end of April. The previous academies have been highly successful and have been greatly beneficial to the Sheriff’s Office. Members of past academies have been very instrumental in our ability to acquire Jett, our drug canine, by organizing fund-raising events. Several members of these academies were very active in helping get the jail bond passed by voters last November. This is a great program to inform our citizens of what their Sheriff’s Office is doing and how we are spending their tax dollars.

We are continuing to work with DLR, a design and architect company out of Seattle, and Kirby Nagelhout Construction out of Bend with the design of our new jail. We are very excited about the chance to be able to provide a new safe and efficient facility for the community. We are still on task for completion of the project in December 2018.

Along with the new jail project, we are currently in the process of recruiting and actively in the hiring stage for a new jail commander. After two days of interviews, I have been given two finalists for the sheriff’s interview. I hope to have a well-qualified jail commander in the near future who will be able to jump into the design process and be part of the new jail project early in the project. With the hiring of the new jail commander, our jail staff is still one position short. We currently are in the hiring process for that position as well.

Our Emergency Manager, Mike Ryan, is currently working with emergency managers in both Deschutes and Jefferson counties to address the upcoming issue with the Eclipse 2017. Central Oregon will be inundated with large groups of people this summer for this event. This event has been predicted to almost double our normal daily population of Central Oregon. This, along with several other mass gatherings in Crook County this summer, is going to keep me and my staff very busy. Even so, we are looking forward to the summer months and the fact there will be no more snow. We are tired of it.

I am very proud of the men and women of the Crook County Sheriff’s Office. They go above and beyond the call each and every day, and I am happy that I am fortunate enough to be part of this organization.

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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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