Conservators of the Peace

Linn County

Sheriff Bruce Riley

Linn County Sheriff's Office

P.O. box 100
Albany, OR 97321

tel: 541-967-3950
fax: 541-967-8169

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


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

Life Saving

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

Distinguished Service

Deputy Brian Barker

Sergeant Dave Lawler

Deputy Beckie Leslie

Purple Heart

Deputy Bruce Davis

Deputy Todd Hargrove

Sheriff’s Merit

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

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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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