Conservators of the Peace

Klamath County

Sheriff Chris Kaber

Klamath County Sheriff's Office

3300 Vandenberg Rd
Klamath Falls, OR 97603

tel: 541-883-5130
fax: 541-883-4271

About Sheriff Kaber


Sheriff Chris Kaber was sworn in as sheriff on January 3, 2017.

About the Klamath County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – Since taking office as Klamath County sheriff, I’ve been looking forward to sharing what I’ve come to know in that time. What is encouraging is how hardworking and willing to serve the public I’ve found employees at the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office to be. And not just the employees, but volunteers as well. There are close to 100 volunteers giving of their time and talent serving us. They are quietly going about their civic service without much notice. Unless someone is lost, injured in a remote area, trapped in the woods or water, or desperate for help, the public may not ever think about search and rescue, dive rescue, mounted posse, or other volunteers who train and are ready to help. I am looking for any opportunity to highlight their efforts.

There are currently 71 employees running the year-round public safety, county level, law enforcement effort in Klamath County. This number is down 20% from what our current budget allows. We are working to raise our staffing to a minimum number of 87. This is occurring, with considerable effort, by seeking qualified deputy applicants to hire, re-hire, or to laterally transfer in to fill positions. The ability to proactively attack the criminal element in our county has seen setbacks, primarily due to staffing shortages. Several new hires and lateral transfers are on their way, which will greatly reduce overtime stresses on our budget and provide us with the necessary deputies to handle calls for service, and allow us to proactively target areas of concern in our 6,000-square-mile county. We’ll continue to move toward what is needed: true and consistent 24-hour coverage.

I wish to also point to the positive working relationships we now have with other public safety organizations. These relationships have suffered in the recent past. Much time is spent charting our needs and responses to protect our community through daily communication and coordination with all our public safety partners. Couple that with the cooperation of local fire services and our Air National Guard unit at Kingsley Field and we have reasons to be proud of our community.

I have also been fortunate to meet regularly with the Board of County Commissioners and have found them as equally interested in making us among the safest counties in Oregon as I am. I look forward to the next few years of working with them to move Klamath County forward. By now you may think I am just being a “Pollyanna,” i.e. blindly optimistic, but I assure you that is not in my nature. I truly believe there are reasons for optimism in Klamath County.

2017 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

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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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