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


Spring, 2017 – The Jefferson County Jail has gone through an incredible, yet trying, transition in the last year. We lost a total of 11 deputies for one reason or another. That is a painfully high amount of loss considering jail is staffed by 21 deputies. We have made incredible progress with staff and as of February 6, 2017, we are fully staffed with an amazing group of people who have made the Sheriff’s Office a more professional and fun place to work. On November 17, 2016, the Jefferson County Jail went through the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association’s Biennial Jail Standards Inspection. A team of seven inspectors from different sheriff’s offices in Oregon spent a couple of days going through our jail operation with a finetooth comb. We are pleased to announce we passed the inspection, performing better than we have in the past.

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, the annual Law Enforcement Banquet was held at the Erickson Air Museum in Madras. This is the time of year folks from local agencies gather to recognize their employees for their hard work during the last year and a time to specifically honor a select few who had an outstanding job performance and activity level during the 2016 year.

Thank you to Gary Gruner of Gruner Chevrolet for sponsoring the event, and to Joe Davis of the Black Bear Diner for an excellent job in catering the event, and thank you to the members of the Living Hope Christian Center who gave of their time to assist in serving and making the night memorable. Following are the award recipients from the Sheriff’s Office.

Retired Jail Commander Captain Brad Cook was honored for his years of service in law enforcement and his selfless dedication to our office. Retired Reserve Deputy Larry Brown was honored for all the volunteer hours he has given to our community over the past 23 years. Deputy Tyler Anderson was recognized as the Patrol Deputy of the Year for his outstanding leadership, performance, and dedication to this office and his peers. Deputy Josh Roth was recognized for his hard work and selection as Patrol’s Top Performer. Sergeant Josh Oliveira was given an Impact Award for all his hard work and leadership in the Corrections Division. Deputy Cody Smith was given an Impact Award for his ability to tackle the new Lexipol policy manual for the jail. Corrections Deputy Tony Barros received Rookie of the Year Award for doing an outstanding job in the short time that he has been employed. Corrections Cook Joy Gregory was recognized with an Impact Award for stepping up during difficult times to the position of lead cook after Jenny Doolittle retired from the position.

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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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