Sheriff Andy LongTillamook County Sheriff's Office
5995 Long Prairie Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141
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About Sheriff Long
Sheriff Andy Long began his law enforcement career with the United States Coast Guard in 1981 with ten years of active duty. In 1991 when he was hired with the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office he transferred to active reservist status as a Coast Guard Special Agent with the C. G. Investigative Service until retirement in 2001.
Sheriff Andy Long served as a Corrections Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Jail Commander, and a short time as Undersheriff before he was appointed Sheriff upon Sheriff Todd Anderson retirement by the Board of Commissioners on November 1st 2011.
Sheriff Andy Long currently or has served: Oregon State Sheriffs Jail Command Council as Vice President, and President; Chairman of the North Coast Narcotics Task Force; Community Corrections Commission; and Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards and Training Instructor.
Sheriff Andy Long was sworn in by County Clerk Tassi O’Neil on November 1, 2011, 8am, Circuit Court Room 102.
About the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Spring, 2017 – On Saturday, February 4, 2017, at approximately 5:53 a.m., Tillamook 911 received information of an injured female in the Salmonberry area near the upper Nehalem River. A third party caller reported that an individual advised them that his girlfriend was injured while crossing a zip line in a remote location near the Salmonberry Bridge area. First responders and deputies used ATV quads and hiked approximately two miles to get on scene. Medical personnel reported the victim was deceased. The boyfriend reported he and his girlfriend were both on a suspended cable used to cross the river near the railroad tracks when the tree the cable was attached to uprooted, landing on both. The tree struck the female causing severe head trauma.
The boyfriend was arrested on a Clatsop County warrant and transported to the Tillamook County Jail. The arrest was not related to the incident but is still under investigation.
Assisting with the recovery were personnel from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, the TCSO chaplains and Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue personnel.
The public was reminded that there are many locations along the Salmonberry where there is no cellphone or radio coverage. If someone is injured, there could be a long delay reporting emergencies, and first responders could be delayed due to the remote location.
Citizens in both Neskowin and Pacific City will have the opportunity to vote on an Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District (ESPD) this May. Citizens from those communities have expressed concern for the population and tourism growth especially during the tourist season, a season that is quickly expanding into late fall and early spring months.
Tillamook County’s Transient Lodging Tax (TLT) has been very successful, bringing an increase in persons using hotels and motels and extending the tourist season by an estimated 18%. Currently the South Tillamook County patrol level per day is two deputies, each assigned to a ten-hour shift covering 20 hours. Due to the large area the deputy is assigned, emergency response times can be as long as 30 to 40 minutes, especially if that deputy is backing up the central or north deputy. Many times there are only two patrol deputies assigned, splitting the county in half north and south of Tillamook City. Pacific City is experiencing a drastic increase in popularity, and first responder calls for police and fire have increased significantly.
With the exception of deputies hired specifically by other agencies, (for example Sand Lake ATV Park, and marine deputies paid from State Marine Board funds) the Sheriff’s Office patrol staffing has not been increased since 1990 due to budget constraints. Tillamook County relies on general fund revenue and Oregon Department of Forestry revenue. State timber revenue has decreased. It is predicted that the state forest will be bankrupt in 2020. Many county positions have been unfilled, including positions at the Sheriff’s Office.
Finally, this winter has been a harsh one. The region usually sees three or four notable winter storms. This season there have been around ten since the beginning of December. It sometimes feels like we have had one a week that has threatened flooding, storm surge, heavy snow, ice, high winds, or some combination of these. While some of these have been severe enough in other parts of Oregon that the Governor has requested and received a Federal Declaration, none of them have done significant damage within Tillamook County. The primary result here has been traffic disruption through flooding along Highway 101 and certain county roads. Heavy snow across the coast range passes has also limited travelers’ ability to travel into and out of the county at times. By the time you are reading this, we should be enjoying spring showers.