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.

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Spring, 2017 – Mental Health First Aid for Public Safety is an eight-hour course that teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Recently, Deputy Garrett Brawdy attended a one-week instructor course and will now present this course to every member of the Sheriff’s Office.

Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. In the Mental Health First Aid Course, deputies will learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help. Mental Health First Aid teaches about recovery and resiliency – the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and use their strengths to stay well. Deputy Brawdy will teach a modified version of this course to address law enforcement specifically.

Coffee with a Deputy: Recruit Deputy Dalynn Shinholster created a new event for the Sheriff’s Office called “Coffee with a Deputy.” The first event was hosted by Dee-Ne Gifts and Espresso Shop in Siletz and is part of a community policing project that Dalynn worked on while attending the police academy in Salem. The idea behind the project is to bring citizens who live in the newly-created Siletz Area Enhanced Law Enforcement District together in an informal setting to discuss their various law enforcement needs. The event was well attended and achieved Dalynn’s goal of speaking with members of the Siletz Tribe and citizens who live in and outside the city of Siletz. Dalynn will use the information obtained from this event as well as other events hosted by the Sheriff’s Office to complete her paper. She will then work with the patrol management team to devise future patrol strategies to address the concerns expressed by the citizens.

There have been a few promotions in the office since last time. Sergeant Adam Shanks promoted to Administrative Lieutenant. Lieutenant Shanks has been with the Sheriff’s Office for over 19 years. Detective Abby Dorsey promoted to patrol sergeant. Sergeant Dorsey has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for over 18 years. Deputy Nicole Rickles promoted to detective. Detective Rickles has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for over five months but previously worked for Yamhill County where she had nine years of experience.

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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