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

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


Winter, 2016 – Deputy Dale Flowers was promoted from cor­rections reserve to full-time corrections depu­ty. Deputy Flowers has been a valued reserve and Sheriff Rasmussen is happy to promote him and feels he will be an integral part of the corrections team for years to come.

In the coming months, Sheriff Rasmussen will be meeting with citizens groups (holding town hall meetings) throughout the county to discuss the overcrowding issue in the jail. The goal is to form a citizens committee to look into potential solutions to the problem and make a recommendation to the Sheriff and County Commissioners.

The Jail Mentor Program continues to ex­pand. The goal is to lower the jail population by teaching offenders how to make better de­cisions and understand the consequences and individual responsibility for those decisions along with assisting them with finding a job.

The Sheriff will also be working with the newly elected mayor and city council mem­bers in the city of Union in hopes of restoring the contract for enhanced law enforcement services.

Sheriff Rasmussen was re-elected to his fourth term as Sheriff of Union County. He would like to thank the citizens of Union County for giving him the opportunity to serve as the chief law enforcement officer in the county for the next four years. He and his staff will con­tinue to provide the citizens with the highest level of professional law enforcement services that they deserve and have come to expect.

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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