Sheriff Bruce RileyLinn County Sheriff's Office
P.O. box 100
Albany, OR 97321
About Sheriff Riley
Bruce Riley was appointed Linn County Sheriff January 1, 2014. On November 4, 2014, he was elected to his four-year term as Sheriff and was sworn-in as the 39th Sheriff of Linn County on January 5, 2015.
Sheriff Riley comes from a line of law enforcement as his great grandfather; Robert Walker was the Sheriff of Franklin County Nebraska from 1909 to 1923. Sheriff Riley’s grandfather, Charles Walker, was a deputy Sheriff in Franklin County as well.
Sheriff Riley is a life-long resident of Linn County and began his full-time law enforcement career with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in 1987. He graduated from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Basic Police Academy Class 134 in December 1987.
Three years later he implemented Linn County Sheriff’s Office first D.A.R.E. program raising thousands of dollars for D.A.R.E. and taught the anti-drug curriculum to children in Linn County schools for two years.
Over the years, he promoted through the ranks within the Patrol Division serving as a Deputy, Corporal and 1st Sergeant. In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as Patrol Division Commander.
Sheriff Riley was privileged to attend the 227th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia graduating in December 2006.
Sheriff Riley was promoted the Undersheriff on January 1, 2009 and was tasked with overseeing all the divisions within the office. These divisions include the Patrol, Detective, Corrections, Programs, Civil and Support Divisions.
In June 2009, Sheriff Riley was honored to attend the 62nd session of the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) hosted by the FBI.
Sheriff Riley has been involved in many aspects of police work and has served as an instructor in several disciplines. He currently holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and has been awarded many certificates and awards from his office and community.
Sheriff Riley is dual certified in both Police and Corrections through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards & Training and currently holds Executive Certification in both disciplines.
In 2014 Sheriff Riley attended the 106th National Sheriff’s Institute in Aurora Colorado. The institute is sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association and the National Institute of Corrections and focuses on executive level management and leadership designed specifically for the office of Sheriff.
Sheriff Riley volunteers in his community by serving as an elected board member for the Tangent Rural Fire Protection District, executive board member of the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Albany Optimist Club and is a graduate of Albany Chamber Leadership.
Sheriff Riley and his wife currently live in Tangent. They have three adult children and one granddaughter.
About the Linn County Sheriff's Office
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Spring, 2017 – The Linn County Sheriff’s Office held their annual Awards Dessert February 3rd at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center. Approximately 200 employees and volunteers attended the event. Sheriff Bruce Riley, Undersheriff Jim Yon, and the division commanders handed out the awards. This year Sheriff Riley recognized all the volunteers for their many hours dedicated to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Riley said, “A volunteer is described as a person willing to donate their time, energy and resources to the betterment of their community. That is the epitome of our volunteers; they are the lifeblood of our office.” We have over 245 volunteers that have donated over 89K hours of service training and missions, which translate to a savings (in 2016) and service of over $2M to the citizens of Linn County.
Two other awards, Medal of Valor and Medal of Honor were given out to Lieutenant James Welch, Deputy Chris Houdek, Deputy Ryan Keys, and Deputy Colin Pyle, in recognition for their actions on March 25, 2016, during a shootout with fugitives. These deputies chased and captured two fugitives who attempted to elude deputies. Gunfire was exchanged, one of the armed fugitives was tackled, and the other gave up after receiving multiple gunshot wounds. Miraculously no law enforcement was physically injured that day. Their actions that day are in keeping with the highest traditions of law enforcement and reflect great credit upon themselves, the Patrol Division, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. The award recipients are as follows:
Division Employees of the Year
Civil – Taylor Rodriguez
Support – Kori Goff
Dispatch – Dispatcher Tina Hannon
Corrections – Deputy Adam Hedrick
Corrections Programs – Robert Dennis
Detectives – Detective Mike Harmon
CERT – Norman Simms
ARES – Mike Kearney
SAR – Andrew Spencer
Posse – John Karr;
Volunteers of the Year – Dave Poto and Dawn Young
Deputy Ray Eason
Deputy Jeff Otto
Dispatcher Sarah Shelton
Dispatcher Tina Hannon
Dispatcher Ginette Gill
Dispatcher Jordan Nelson
Dispatcher Hannah Jefferson
Deputy Steve Fambes
Dispatcher Candice Dierksen
Deputy Tracy Lacy
Deputy John Lovik II
Deputy Brian Barker
Sergeant Dave Lawler
Deputy Beckie Leslie
Deputy Bruce Davis
Deputy Todd Hargrove
Lieutenant Detective Bob Clark
Mounted Posse Laurie Blair
Medal of Valor
Deputy Chris Houdek
Sergeant James Welch
Medal of Honor
Deputy Ryan Keys
Deputy Colin Pyle
Employee of the Year
Deputy Leta Sheperd
Supervisor of the Year
Sergeant Dave Lawler