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.


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Spring, 2017 – I am sure we are all happy to have winter behind us, I know we certainly are at the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, having 20-plus vehicle crashes in the first month and a half of the new year. Most of the crashes occurred on Interstate 84 with very few injuries.

On January 15, 2017, Christopher Schiller began his new career as a deputy sheriff for the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Schiller is not new to law enforcement, having served as a seasonal deputy for Jefferson County and a reserve officer for Prineville Police Department. Deputy Schiller now makes his home in Arlington. He began sixteen weeks of law enforcement training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem on March 20th and will graduate the academy July 14, 2017. Deputy Schiller is a public safety officer for Central Oregon Community College, an emergency technician for St. Charles Medical Center and a healthcare specialist with the Army National Guard.

Our county recently experienced a great loss with the death of long-time County Commissioner Dennis Gronquist. Our community will suffer without Dennis’ considerate, kind and thoughtful leadership. Dennis is missed, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gronquist family.

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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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