Conservators of the Peace

Jefferson County

Sheriff Jim Adkins

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

675 NW Cherry Lane
Madras, OR 97741

tel: 541-475-6520
fax: 541-475-3847

About Sheriff Adkins

Sheriff Jim Adkins was Appointed May 26, 2010. He was elected to the Office of Sheriff November, 2010.

Previous positions held with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office were Marine Deputy, Corrections Deputy, Patrol deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Detective (Lt), and Undersheriff prior to becoming Sheriff. From 1985-1986, Sheriff Adkins was in the United States Army.

About the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – On Saturday, August 27, 2016, at about 3:00 p.m. an airplane crashed during the annual Airshow of the Cascades in Madras. A Stear-man biplane, which was part of the airshow crashed during the performance, killing the pilot. The FAA was at the airshow and later conducted the crash investigation along with the NTSB. Crews from the Jefferson County Ambulance and Fire Departments were also at the airshow and responded to the crash site immediately.

On September 1, 2016, Marc Heckathorn was promoted to Undersheriff, second in command of the Sheriff’s Office. He was also assigned to oversee the Adult Correctional Facility as jail commander.

On October 1, 2016, Ryan Grote was promot­ed to the patrol sergeant.

On October 17, 2016, emergency service pro­viders throughout Jefferson County conducted an “active shooter” training exercise at the old courthouse, which was recently vacated when the occupants moved to the new courthouse on July 15th. The exercise focused on see­ing how local emergency responders would respond to an active threat scenario in a public building. Officers from the Madras Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were first to arrive on the scene and attempted to locate the suspect shooter. The fire department and ambulance crews re­sponded to a staging location, waiting for the building to be secured. Warm Springs Police officers responded and assisted. Law enforce­ment had multiple roles: locating and securing the suspect, providing security for the fire and medical responders as they cared for the wounded, and clearing the building of victims and witnesses. Patients were transported by ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Madras.

Throughout this past year, the Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a growing number of transient camps in the Willow Creek Canyon area west of Madras, near a popular public walking trail and the train trestle. These illegal camps consist of tents and makeshift shelters occupied by transients. Several citizens have voiced their concerns about increased crime rates, community fears, fire hazards, reduced property values, vandalism, water contamination, and threats to public health. These trespassing transients will be given a deadline to vacate the private property. Sufficient time will be given for these folks to clean up their garbage and pack up their be­longings before “no trespassing” signs are put up and enforced. It is the goal of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to reduce the fear of crime and improve the quality of life in our community.

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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