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: 971-231-2006

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


Spring, 2017 – For the last six months, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has been operating with very minimal staff due to employee extended illnesses, retirement and people moving on to other jobs. The Sheriff’s Office has hired seven new deputies to fill these voids, starting last August and the most recent in March. This comprises more than half of our patrol staff. The training process takes nearly nine months to complete before a new deputy can function in a solo role. We are excited to have Deputy Caitlin Plese, Deputy Curtis Kowall, Deputy Adam VandenBos and Deputy George Jubitz returning from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and finishing field training in late May. Deputy Eric Wahler will return from the academy in May and continue with field training. This will bring much-needed relief to our staff, who have been working tremendously long hours and extra days to fill in the gaps.

Deputy Kowall will go to the Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol. Deputy Kowall worked part-time as a marine deputy in 2016 before being hired full-time. Deputy George Jubitz will become the City of Cascade Locks contracted patrol deputy. Deputy VandenBos will spend summer months in marine and the rest of the year as a patrol deputy. Deputy Plese and Deputy Wahler will take patrol positions. Deputy Joel Ives, who became the fulltime school resource deputy in January, will return to patrol in the summer months.

Deputy Jesus Pulido was hired in January. Deputy Pulido is not a new face to our organization. He has served Hood River County as a reserve deputy for many years and has been a NORCOR Corrections deputy for the last ten years. Deputy Pulido brings a wealth of knowledge to our office and will be a great asset. He will graduate from the academy in July, and again we are excited to have him on board.

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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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