Conservators of the Peace

Lake County

Sheriff Mike Taylor

Lake County Sheriff's Office

513 Center St
Lakeview, OR 97630

tel: 541-947-6027
fax: 541-947-6029

About Sheriff Taylor

Sheriff Mike Taylor took his oath of office on January 5, 2015. Taylor is a law enforcement veteran, with 32 years of experience in law enforcement, 30 with the Tacoma Washington Police Department. “Law enforcement is pretty much what I’ve done all my adult life,” he said. “It’s what I do best, and its’ a way for me to give back to a community that’s given so much to me.”

Taylor also cited an interest in developing a communities-based policing strategy, which would integrate a cooperative approach by deputies and law enforcement in resolving identified community issues.

About the Lake County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – Graduations: The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has hired its first female patrol deputy. Rachel Bonine was hired January 3, 2017, and is assigned to the North Lake area. Deputy Bonine is scheduled to attend the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic Police Course commencing February 20, 2017. Also hired as a corrections deputy is Kimberly Buck. Deputy Buck has been a reserve deputy with the Sheriff’s Office for many years. Deputy Buck is scheduled to attend DPSST in May 2017.

Community Meetings: The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has engaged with the citizenry of Lake County by conducting community meetings throughout the county. The meetings are designed to address specific needs of individual communities within the county. The interaction with citizens has proven to be extremely positive and productive for both community and the Sheriff’s Office.

District Attorney Sharon Forster has taken office starting the first of January. The collaboration between the District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement in Lake County has begun moving in a positive direction. Cooperation is among the best it has been in the past four years.

Congratulations and best of luck to Sheriff Frank Skrah in his retirement. It has been a pleasure and an honor working with Sheriff Skrah and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office during Sheriff Skrah’s tenure. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is looking forward to four years with newly elected Sheriff Chris Kaber.

Renovation: The renovation project for our office is nearly complete. The offices for the sheriff and the administrative assistant have been completed and they are now enjoying their new accommodations. The rest of the renovation is projected to be completed by the end of March.

Hiring: The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of hiring one corrections deputy. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. Applications can be obtained on the Lake County website at http://www.

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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