Conservators of the Peace

Multnomah County

Sheriff Michael Reese

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

501 SE Hawthorne, Suite 350
Portland, OR 97214

tel: 503-988-4300
fax: 503-988-4316
Multnomah County Sheriff’s site

About Sheriff Reese

Sheriff Michael Reese, the former Portland police chief, officially was sworn as Sheriff of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 to complete the term of Sheriff Dan Stanton who retired.

About the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – I am grateful to have been elected Sheriff by Multnomah County voters during the November 8th election. I appreciate the opportunity to serve our community and return to MCSO where I started my career in law enforcement. I would like to thank the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association for their support as a new sheriff and look forward to working with you to improve public safety in our state.

More important than my election, voters in Multnomah County also upheld their right to elect the Sheriff in Multnomah County with a decisive 74% “No” vote on Measure 26-183, which set out to amend the county charter to require an appointed sheriff. This important decision affirms our communities’ desire to maintain accountability through a democratic process of electing a sheriff.

Moving forward, our agency continues to fo­cus on aligning with our public safety partners and elected officials to find solutions to the challenges we face in regard to several issues, including programming solutions to reduce jail time, services available to the mentally ill while in our custody, and providing effective transition options for those leaving our custo­dy to help break the cycle of recidivism they currently experience.

I am also excited about work being done on a new program we call H.O.P.E. (homeless outreach programs and engagement). This program will bring social service providers, housing advocates, and law enforcement to the same table to address homelessness and neigh­borhood livability issues in our community. Through a holistic approach to this very real dilemma, I am confident we can find sustain­able long-term solutions.

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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