Conservators of the Peace

Gilliam County

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt

Gilliam County Sheriff's Office

P.O. Box 685
Condon, OR 97823

tel: 541-384-2851
fax: 541-384-2878
Gilliam County Sheriff’s website

About Sheriff Bettencourt

Sheriff Bettencourt began his law enforcement career with Gilliam County serving as a Reserve Deputy, Deputy, Undersheriff and appointed Sheriff in June 2005 finishing the term of Sheriff Parker who retired. He was then elected to the Office of Sheriff and began his first term in January, 2007.

Sheriff Bettencourt is a board member of, Tri-County Communications, Tri-County Corrections, 911, Community Counseling Solutions, NORCOR, NORCOR Sheriff’s, and Suicide Awareness For Everyone (SAFE).

The Sheriff manages a narcotics detection K-9 program and the inmate work crew program and is responsible for many things including the 911 center, parole & probation, search and rescue, NORCOR jail facility, 911 funds, emergency management, and law enforcement services to the City of Arlington.

The Sheriff’s Office currently employs 5 full time deputies, a civil deputy, a reserve deputy, a full time inmate work crew supervisor, a part time work crew supervisor.

The Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office has continued to grow in professionalism, consistency, fairness and efficiency for the betterment of all the citizens in Gilliam County.


About the Gilliam County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – Here it is winter time, and the Gilliam Coun­ty Sheriff’s Office is still down one position. Our K-9 deputy left to go work for the rail­road last July, while we had a new deputy be­ing trained at the academy, basically leaving us two deputies short of a full staff. All over the state, law enforcement agencies are finding it difficult to find new recruits, and we are find­ing there aren’t any certified police officers applying in Gilliam County. We will soon be interviewing three applicants. I am confident we will select one of the applicants to fill the position and hope to get them enrolled in the February 2017 class at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, with an approximate graduation date of June 2017.

On October 21st, Gilliam County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the county’s fourth fatal traffic crash of 2016. The crash occurred on the Highland Hills Ranch when an ATV Melissa Herz was riding, hit a pickup head-on that was being driven by a ranch employee. Ms. Herz was employed by Highland Hills Ranch as a hunting guide.

On November 3rd, our newest Deputy Alex Greene, was driving his assigned patrol vehicle east on Highway 206, west of Condon, when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Extensive damage was done to the vehicle as a result. Fortunately, Deputy Greene was uninjured in the crash. The Sherman County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash.

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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