Conservators of the Peace

Hood River County

Sheriff Matt English

Hood River County Sheriff's Office

309 State St
Hood River, OR 97031

tel: 541-386-2098
fax: 541-386-3141

About Sheriff English

Matt English was born and raised in the small agricultural community of Moro, in Sherman County, Oregon. Matt graduated from Sherman Union High School and went on to attend Southern Oregon University in Ashland. While at S.O.U., he began his law enforcement career with an internship at Jackson County Community Corrections. English graduated from S.O.U. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science.

Matt was hired in 1998 by Hood River Community Corrections as a Parole and Probation Officer. In 2000 he transferred to the Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. In 2009, English was assigned as a Detective for the Sheriff’s Office.

Matt’s investigative work was instrumental in solving many of Hood River’s high profile crimes. In 2009 he was the lead investigator in the Vagabond Motel Robbery/Homicide which resulted in the conviction of three people and also led to two other convictions for another armed robbery at Chuby’s restaurant in Odell. More recently his diligent detective work yielded the conviction of a sexual offender who was the first offender to be sentenced under “Jessica’s Law” in Hood River County; resulting in a 25 year prison sentence.

During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office Matt has served as a Training Instructor, Traffic Grant Project Coordinator, Public Information Officer and as a Part-Time Instructor at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. He has been deeply involved in the Reserve Deputy program, serving as an instructor and past Assistant Program Coordinator. Further, Matt served as president of the Hood River County Law Enforcement Association from 2005-2011. In 2012, Matt was elected as the ninth Sheriff of Hood River County.

Matt English, has been a volunteer with the Hood River School District, local Little League and Hood River Community Education. Matt, his wife Robbie and twin boys Andy and Ben make their home in Hood River, and are dedicated to the community.

About the Hood River County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office hired five new deputies this past fall and summer. All are working hard in training towards certification and starting their patrol shifts. Four of the five were hired in August, and they are Curtis Kowall, Caitlin Plese, Adam VandenBos and George Jubitz. Curtis Kowall was raised in Redding, California and has been with the Sheriff’s Office as a reserve deputy since February 2014, so we are very familiar with him. Curtis was a part of our summer seasonal Marine Patrol program, and we are excited to have him as a full-time deputy. Caitlin Plese is a graduate of Portland State University, where she was a standout soccer player. She earned a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at Portland State. She was raised in Enumclaw, Washington. We are grateful that Caitlin chose to come to work for the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. Adam VandenBos was born and raised in Hood River. He served seven years in the United States Army and served multiple tours in Afghanistan. Recently Adam has been a student at Columbia Gorge Community College. We are excited to have Adam and his experience on our team. George Jubitz was also born and raised in Hood River. George has been preparing for a career in law enforce­ment to follow in his father’s footsteps. His father, Aaron Jubitz, retired from the Hood River City Police Department. George brings a wealth of knowledge and familiarity with the people in Hood River and we are happy to have him. In October, Eric Wahler was hired. Eric was raised in Hermiston and lives in The Dalles. Eric attended Walla Walla Communi­ty College and had been working as a manager for RDO John Deere Equipment Supply.

These five new deputies bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to our team, which Sheriff English is excited about. We are hoping that by June we will have at least the first four complete training and fill much-needed patrol positions. Our staffing levels have been low, but we have a light at the end of that tunnel and will be ready for the summer season of 2017.

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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