Sheriff Jason MyersMarion County Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97308-0710
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
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
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 (www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXv1xIj8BkE&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.