Conservators of the Peace

Marion County

Sheriff Jason Myers

Marion County Sheriff's Office

P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97308-0710

tel: 503-588-5094
fax: 503-588-7931

About Sheriff Myers

Jason Myers is a native Oregonian who was born in Portland and raised in Salem. He is a graduate of McKay High School and Chemeketa Community College where he earned an Associates of Science Degree in Law Enforcement.

Sheriff Myers began his career in law enforcement at the age of 18 when he was hired by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office as a summer Park Cadet. After serving during the summers as a Cadet, he joined the Marion County Reserve Deputy Program. In September of 1990, he was hired as a full-time Deputy Sheriff. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office he served as a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Deputy, Judicial Security Deputy, School Resource Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Detective Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant, Operations Division Commander, Undersheriff, and now Sheriff. Over his more than 25 years of service, he has developed policies and procedures, crafted strategic plans, negotiated union contracts, prepared budgets, and provided leadership to all divisions of the Office, including Enforcement, Institutions, Operations and Parole & Probation.

Sheriff Myers holds an Executive Police Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and has completed the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College and the Salem Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Course. He serves on many boards and task forces, including the Marion County Children & Families Commission, the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Law Enforcement Community Contacts Committee, the Governor’s Task Force on Public Safety, and Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections.

Sheriff Myers lives on a small farm outside of Stayton with his wife and two sons. They enjoy spending time as a family and participating in outdoor activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, and quad riding.

About the Marion County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – At the end of each year, we always like to pause for a look back at what we’ve done be­fore heading into the new year. 2016 proved to be a very busy year for our office; we would like to share a few highlights with you:

  • Two formal swearing-in ceremonies were held during 2016, with 49 new hires and promotions being welcomed into the office, filling open positions and replac­ing retirees. These wonderful events also presented the perfect venue to present office awards, recognizing outstanding acts performed by employees.
  • In February, our office mourned the loss of beloved K9 “Yo.”
  • We had the special privilege of a visit from American Heritage Girls Troop OR0215 to share goodies in recognition of public safety personnel and to earn their Cake Decorating badge. They brightened our office with thoughtful cards, and we enjoyed cupcakes and cake!
  • In April, we joined with Marion County Public Works, the Board of Commission­ers and the local community to close a cut-though pathway that had become a nuisance spot for the community. This was a win-win project!
  • Also during April we obtained special permission to open a female-only re­cruitment to help increase the number of female deputies at our Jail. We have seen great success and have nearly reached our minimum target for recruitment, plus we have gained some excellent new deputies!
  • In June, we responded to a community member invite and took to the Willa­mette River to challenge Polk County in =n boat racing during the annual World Beat Festival. What a great day! Oh, and we beat Polk County by one second! I’m sure they are ready for a rematch next year.
  • We are an agricultural community, and in July we partnered with Pape Machinery and Oregon Farm Bureau for a road safe­ty campaign that focused on driver safety around farm equipment on the roadways.
  • To broaden conversations, in August we joined the Bridging the Gap com­munity meeting. Two panels provided information regarding the public safety community and minority communities. The event was very well attended, and we continue to build on the discussions with ongoing efforts in diversity training.
  • The Student Opportunity for Achiev­ing Results 90-day program continues promoting successful reentry of offenders with support and education around em­ployment, housing and relationships.
  • Early this fall, we were notified that our office was selected for a Body Cam grant award. The $99,000 was awarded for the purchase and implementation, and we’ve already begun to work toward this with the development of a workgroup. We will keep the community apprised of this process.
  • We like to have fun and support local non-profits, and what better way than to have the command staff take a pie in the face? In October (and yes, there’s video proof) the sheriff, undersheriff and commanders each took a cream pie in the face for United Way. If you watch the video, look closely when Commander Sheila Lorance takes her pie (­feature=youtube).
  • Our Transition Center Garden offered free pumpkins to the community; this was very popular!

There have been some pretty amazing events during the past year. We are extremely privileged to serve the community of Marion County.

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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