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.

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Spring, 2017 – Continuing efforts to address mental health concerns: The collaboration between mental health services and law enforcement continues to grow and develop to better meet the needs of our community. Innovative programs and partnerships help shape a system that adapts to the individual involved and provides the most appropriate placement, resources or process for that individual.

Beginning in 1995, the Marion County Health Department established the Psychiatric Crisis Center, a 24-hour resource. A respite program followed, and over the next 20 years, a crisis medication prescriber was added, along with case managers, mental health professionals in the jail, Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), and mental health court. That’s a lot! However, the work continues with a Crisis Outreach Response Team (CORT) to review police reports where a mental health issue is reported for follow-up, and the Mobile Crisis Response Team which responds directly to calls for service when patrol officers or deputies believe mental illness is a concern on a particular call.

As individuals become involved in the criminal justice system, sometimes they can be diverted to community resources to stabilize and live successfully outside the system. If jail or prison is required, qualified mental health professionals help plan for the safest setting for the individual, coupled with treatment. Recently, an assistant district attorney position was dedicated to address, aid and assist cases, working closely with the jail and health department program supervisor. Next steps include the addition of a mental health risk assessment at the jail and the development of a “stepping up” planning team, which is a nationwide initiative.

These diversion efforts have produced results including: a decline in jail bookings, increase in utilization of crisis services, and reduction in police officer custodies at the emergency room. We continue our commitment to better utilize services and help individuals in the best manner possible.

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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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