Conservators of the Peace

Lincoln County

Sheriff Curtis Landers

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

tel: 541-265-4277
fax: 541-265-5045

About Sheriff Landers

Former Sheriff Dennis Dotson retired effective May 31, 2016, and Curtis L Landers was appointed to fulfill the remainder of his term.

Sheriff Landers has been employed at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office since August 1, 1987.  He served as a corrections deputy, patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, and administrative lieutenant prior to being appointed to the position of sheriff.

About the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – On November 1, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office began enhanced law enforcement coverage for the Siletz Area Enhanced Law Enforcement Services District. The Siletz Area Enhanced Law Enforcement Services District was passed by voters in the May 2016 election. The boundaries of the Siletz Law Enforcement Services District are the same as the existing Siletz Valley Rural Fire Protection District.

The Siletz Enhanced Law Enforcement area is a unique partnership between the City of Siletz, the Siletz Tribe and other residents of the unincorporated areas within the bound­aries of the fire district. The voters in the district approved a $1.31 per $1,000 property value permanent rate beginning this year. This voter-approved funding will provide half of the revenue needed for the enhanced law enforcement. The other half of the funding will come from the Siletz Tribe through an agreement with Lincoln County.

The funding will provide enhanced law enforcement services consisting of two addi­tional patrol deputies to provide 80 hours of enhanced service per week. On November 1, 2016, the service began with 40 hours of enhanced service per week and we anticipate extending that to the full 80 hours of service on January 1, 2017.

Deputies are very excited to have the addition­al manpower to work in this area to provide enhanced services. The enhanced service will allow deputies time to take a more proactive and community policing approach to solving crime and improving quality of life concerns for residents and businesses.

The fall community meeting was held in Siletz on October 25, 2016, in anticipation of beginning of the enhanced coverage. The leadership team provided information on the various divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. It was a very well attended meeting and was benefi­cial and interactive.

There have been a few recent promotions in the office. On October 1, 2016, Deputy Karl Vertner was promoted to patrol sergeant. Sergeant Vertner has been with the Sheriff’s Office for over 11 years. On November 1, 2016, Deputy Derek Etheridge was promoted to patrol sergeant. Sergeant Etheridge has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for over nine years. Sergeant Etheridge will also assume the Search and Rescue team supervisor duties.

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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