Conservators of the Peace

Douglas County

Sheriff John Hanlin

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Justice Bldg.
Roseburg, OR 97470

tel: 541-440-4450
fax: 541-957-8140

About Sheriff Hanlin

Sheriff John Hanlin is a native Douglas County resident, born and raised in the Roseburg area. John graduated from Glide High School in 1980. Following graduation, he worked for the Douglas Forest Protective Association and attended Umpqua Community College. In 1983, John moved to Bend, Oregon, where he attended Central Oregon College. In 1986, he earned an A.S. Degree in Computer Information Systems and returned to Douglas County. John continued his employment with Douglas Forest Protective Association as a Forest Officer, before hired by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 1989.

During his tenure, John has served as a patrol deputy in the South County and Roseburg Patrol Offices, as a Street Crimes Unit investigator, and as a narcotics detectives. John was also an active member of the Sheriff’s Office Tactical Response Team (TRT) for more than 12 years. In April of 2001, John was assigned to the position of Commander of the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team (DINT). In August of 2005, John was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to command the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division.

John has attended numerous specialized law enforcement and law enforcement administration courses offered by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards & Training, and the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, to name a few.

John is a single parent with two teenaged boys, Brett 19, and Beau 15. He enjoys hunting and fishing, and touring rural areas of the country on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

About the Douglas County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – Recently several employees from the Doug­las County Sheriff’s Office were honored by organizations throughout the state.

Communications Officers Teresa De La Cruz, Melissa Briggs, Elena Marin, Tiffany Gonzalez and Laurie Jackson were present­ed with a Critical Incident Award from the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications-National Emergency Number Association (APCO-NENA). The award was presented to the group on October 19, 2016 at the annual conference which was held in Sunriver, for their dedicated work and perseverance on October 1, 2015, when a gun­man opened fire on the Umpqua Community College campus.

On November 4th, Sheriff John Hanlin and members of the Douglas County Sher­iff’s Office were presented with the Oregon Peace Officers’ Association (OPOA) Critical Incident Response Award. The Sheriff’s Office was honored along with members from the Roseburg Police Department, Sutherlin Police Department, Winston Police Department, Douglas County Fire District #2, Roseburg Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, Oregon State Police and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. This award was presented for the response to the October 1, 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College.

Deputies Noel Garcia, Detective Dan Schwenn, Detective Dan Wells (OSP) and Officer Chris Bonebrake (Roseburg Police Department) were recognized by OPOA with the Medal of Valor related to their response on June 14, 2016, to a report of a female who had been shot by a male on a rural property out­side of Roseburg. Deputy Garcia and Officer Chris Bonebrake were initially dispatched to the call. Detectives Schwenn and Wells were in plain clothes and in an unmarked car in the area when the call was dispatched. Deputy Garcia and Detective Schwenn provided first aid for the critically injured female while the suspect hid nearby. Officer Bonebrake and Detective Wells provided cover until EMS and additional law enforcement officers arrived. As paramedics were extricating the female from the scene, the suspect fired a single shot. Detective Schwenn and Officer Bonebrake returned fire while Deputy Garcia and Detec­tive Wells provided cover to protect the victim and EMS. The suspect ultimately took his life.

Wayne Stinson, our emergency manager, was nominated for Emergency Manager of the Year by Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice. The Oregon Emergency Management Association chose Wayne to receive the award at their annual banquet on October 5th at the Salishan Spa and Golf Resort. The award was based on his “professionalism, knowledge and actions during the National Complex Fire, the Cable Crossing Fire, the Stouts Creek Fire and the tragic UCC shooting.” Commissioner Boice wrote, “His performance was exception­al and I believe unmatched.”

We are extremely proud of these employees and their dedication to the citizens of Douglas County.

Additionally, Captain Dewes Hutson has retired from our agency after nearly 30 years of dedicated service. Captain Hutson served as our Public Information Officer for more than a decade. His leadership and skill will be hard to replace. We wish him well in his retirement.

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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