Conservators of the Peace

Union County

Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen

Union County Sheriff's Office

1109 K Ave
La Grande, OR 97850

tel: 541-963-1017
fax: 541-963-1023
unioncountysheriff.us




About Sheriff Rasmussen

Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen was elected and began serving in 2005 as the Union County Sheriff, replacing retiring Sheriff Stephen Oliver.

Sheriff Rasmussen brings his ability to work with people to solve common problems in his role as Sheriff. He began his law enforcement career at Sheriff’s Office in 1996 while completing a business/economics degree at Eastern Oregon University.

“Running a Sheriff’s Office is like running a business. In order to be successful in operating the patrol, corrections, and civil functions of a Sheriff’s Office, adequate funding and strong fiscal management are critically necessary.” The Sheriff has established strong working relationships with the County Commissioners, which has led to a strong commitment to adequately fund the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Rasmussen has a firm belief that law enforcement has to be fair. “How you treat employees is an indication of how you’ll treat the public,” he says. “If your employees feel they’re treated fairly, that will carry through to the public.” The Sheriff’s Office employees strive to deliver the highest level of law enforcement service to the citizens of Union County.

The Sheriff appreciates the lifestyle Eastern Oregon offers. “I grew up in this fine community, and I’m committed in working to keep it that way.” Boyd and his wife have six children; four daughters and two sons.



About the Union County Sheriff's Office


OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Spring, 2017 – Deputy Nick Huelter was promoted to corrections corporal on February 1st. Since being hired as a corrections deputy, Nick has shown himself to be a true leader with a drive to expand his knowledge of corrections.

Corrections Corporal Erica Rush accepted a patrol position with the La Grande Police Department. Even though we will still work with her on a regular basis, her contributions to the Corrections Department will be missed.

It was a hard winter in Union County, and the patrol staff was kept busy assisting motorists who were stranded on county roads. They did their usual outstanding job, many times going above and beyond what was required, to keep both the roads and the citizens safe. Sheriff Rasmussen appreciates the extra effort the deputies made during difficult conditions.

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.

Sincerely,
pat

Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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