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


Winter, 2016 – Starting in September of 2016 the Polk County Sheriff’s Office partnered with Polk County Behavioral Health to staff a Mobile Crisis Response Team. This new program was made possible by a grant from the Oregon Health Authority. The grant paid for two Mobile Crisis Response Teams. The first team consists of a deputy sheriff and a Polk County Behavioral Health Crisis worker. The other team consists of a Salem Police Officer and a Polk County Behavioral Health crisis worker. Each team works 40 hours a week re­sponding to calls for service that have a mental health component. The two teams provide seven-days-a-week coverage. They also assist other Polk County law enforcement agen­cies with calls for service within their area of responsibility. These two teams have hit the ground running and have been able to help divert individuals who are in crisis from being lodged in the jail so they can receive treatment and supervision from Polk County Behavioral Health.

With the implementation of our crisis teams, we also hired a full-time qualified mental health professional who is stationed inside the Polk County Jail. We haven’t had this position in the past, and since beginning this program we have been able to provide mental health services to inmates while they are incar­cerated who may not have otherwise received any care. This position also helps inmates prepare for release by helping coordinate treat­ment and care upon their release from the jail.

The Sheriff’s Office has also partnered with Goodwill Job Connect to help provide job skills and training for inmates before being released, so they are more prepared to succeed in the job market once released. Goodwill also helps find jobs for inmates who are about to be released by working with second chance employers in our area. I would like to thank Goodwill for partnering with us, so together we can help reduce recidivism in our county.

Back on November 30th, 2015 I was appoint­ed to the position of Sheriff after Sheriff Bob Wolfe retired. Just under one year later on November 8th, 2016 I was truly humbled and honored to be elected by the people to contin­ue serving as your sheriff.

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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