Conservators of the Peace

Polk County

Sheriff Mark Garton

Polk County Sheriff's Office

850 Main St.
Dallas, OR 97338

tel: 503-623-9251
fax: 503-623-2060

About Sheriff Garton

Mark Garton was sworn in as the 37th Polk County Sheriff Monday morning.  Garton was sworn in by Circuit Judge Sally L. Avera. Garton said the audience was full with approximately 50 people.

A Dallas native, Garton’s family was present as well. His wife and two children attended the ceremony, in addition to his parents.  “I was born and raised here,” Garton said. “I never left and I don’t plan to.”Garton was appointed to serve as Sheriff for the next 13 months, after which he hopes to be elected to continue a four-year term.

Garton is replacing Sheriff Bob Wolfe, who held the second-longest running term as Polk County Sheriff, according to Garton. He said he worked for Wolfe since 1999.

At the ceremony, Garton made a few brief remarks about wanting to continue what was built by Wolfe and build on it further.  He said the first thing he needs to do as Sheriff is swear in all sworn-in employees so they can continue their work.

About the Polk County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 –The Polk County Sheriff’s Office recently presented several awards to its employees and volunteers. Sergeant Kevin Haynes and Deputy Mike Smith both received life-saving awards for their actions in saving the life of a Polk County resident. Sergeant Haynes and Deputy Smith worked together and administered CPR until medics arrived. Because of their actions, the medics were able to revive the man and transport him to the hospital. Both Sergeant Haynes and Deputy Smith were instrumental in saving a life that day.

Corrections Deputy Suzy Fleming was awarded the Corrections Deputy of the Year Award for 2016. As an FTO, Deputy Fleming was very instrumental in the training of nearly every new corrections deputy that was hired in the past year and a half. Deputy Fleming is well respected among her peers and was very deserving of the award.

Deputy Jacob Lacomb was presented with the Patrol Deputy of the Year Award for 2016. Deputy Lacomb joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2015 and is currently the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) deputy. Deputy Lacomb has been an integral part of establishing our Mobile Crisis Team. He has taken this assignment very seriously and has shown his commitment to helping the people of Polk County who suffer from mental illness.

Records Technician Echo Holbrook was awarded the Support Staff of the Year Award for 2016, because of her willingness to drop what she was doing to help anyone who asked. The dedication she has shown is very admirable and well received by her peers.

There were several awards given to members of the Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) volunteer unit. Jenny Ross received two awards, the Sheriff’s Office Excellence Award and Volunteer of the Year. Jenny volunteered 692 hours in 2016. Jenny has only been with the Sheriff’s Office for just over one year. She has volunteered her time in nearly every post that is available within the SALT unit. From fingerprinting to serving civil papers, Jenny has been available to help this office whenever asked.

SALT member John Brown was presented with the Sheriff’s Office Excellence Award, in addition to receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association in December of 2016. Russ and Kathleen Noll both received the Sheriff’s Office Excellence Award as well. The dynamic duo of Russ and Kathleen have volunteered nearly 1,000 hours in 2016.

The SALT unit as a whole volunteered over 5,000 hours in 2016. The members of the Sheriff’s Office are a very dedicated group of individuals. I want to thank all of them for their hard work and commitment during the past year, and I look forward to the years to come.

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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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