Sheriff Jim AdkinsJefferson County Sheriff's Office
675 NW Cherry Lane
Madras, OR 97741
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.
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OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
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.