Conservators of the Peace

Grant County

Sheriff Glenn E.Palmer

Grant County Sheriff's Office

205 S. Humbolt
Canyon City, OR 97820

tel: 541-575-1131
fax: 541-575-2580
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About Sheriff Palmer

Sheriff Glenn Palmer was appointed Sheriff of Grant County in November of 2000 and began his first elective term in January of 2001. He was subsequently reelected on four additional occasions.

Sheriff Palmer began his career in law enforcement as a part-time corrections deputy in February of 1985. At the same time he was also a Reserve Patrolman with the City of John Day. In 1986, he served as a full time Correctional Officer in the old Grant County Jail. He transferred to a full time patrol position in 1988. Sheriff Palmer attended the first Deputy Sheriff’s Academy held by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association.

In 1989, Palmer resigned as a Deputy Sheriff and went to work as a Patrolman for the City of John Day. During his tenure, Palmer attained the rank of Senior Patrolman. Palmer was a narcotics canine handler for two years.

During Sheriff Palmer’s career, he has been awarded three non-criminal lifesaving awards.

Sheriff Palmer has attained his Executive Certification through DPSST.

Sheriff Palmer served four years in the United States Air Force. He served as a Fire Protection Specialist/Crash Fire Rescue and was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for actions taken where a B-52 Bomber had caught fire in 1983.

Palmer remains active in his community and was a 20+ year member of the John Day Volunteer Fire Department serving various positions as well as Fire Chief. He was awarded the Fireman of the Year award locally and received the Oregon State Volunteer Fireman of the Year award in 1997. Sheriff Palmer and his wife, RoseAnn, are active Board Members of the Lake Creek Youth Camp. Sheriff Palmer previously served as President of the Grant County Snowballers and is still a member serving as liasion for the over the snow search and rescue. The Snowballers are instrumental in the over the snow type Search and Rescue operations. Sheriff Palmer and his wife, RoseAnn, also make rustic log beds in which most are donated to local school and community fundraisers.

Sheriff Palmer and his wife, RoseAnn have been married 31 years and have three grown children and two granddaughters.

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Winter, 2015 – As reported in the last edition of the Sheriff’s Magazine, the Canyon Creek Complex was officially declared under control on November 5th. The lightening-caused fire that started on August 12th consumed 2,658 acres of BLM land, 17,019 acres of private land covered by Oregon Department of Forestry, and 90,584 of US Forest Service land, bringing the total to nearly 110,261 acres. There were 54 primary residences and a number of summer cabins burned in the fire. The cost of this fire suppression alone to date is $30 million. This figure does not consider the loss and damage to private timber, residences, vehicles, fences, pasture for cattle grazing and the destruction of wildlife and fisheries. Due to this fire, emergency services are preparing and planning for potential flooding that will most likely come from the results of this fire.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was active during this disaster in conducting evacuations and notices to affected residents, as well as providing security of areas evacuated.

During this event, emergency services were busy with additional fires such as the Jerry’s Draw fire that burned 161 acres north of Prairie City as well as a fire on private lands near Mt. Vernon caused by a power pole that caught fire in a wind storm.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer states, “This has been the largest loss to private property in recent history for Grant County. This disaster tested our abilities to work under extremely dangerous conditions with minimal resources over a long period of time. Our ability to get evacuation notices out to residents was hampered with fire behavior as well as power outages that affected our communications systems. The Sheriff’s Office worked well under a unified command system with a number of agencies from Oregon as well as from all over the United States. This fire tested our abilities and proved that we had to deal with a major natural disaster as well as continue to operate the Sheriff’s Office with the day-to-day operations required of us.”

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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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