Conservators of the Peace

Wasco County

Sheriff Lane Magill

Wasco County Sheriff's Office

511 Washington St
The Dalles, OR 97058

tel: 541-506-2580
fax: 541-506-2581

About Sheriff Magill

Sheriff Magill was appointed and took office on May 1, 2016, when Sheriff Rick Eiesland retired.

Lane Magill grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in Wamic, Oregon.  He attended the Wamic grade school and then moved to Dufur and attended the Dufur High School.  Shortly after graduating from high school, Lane married Sheri, and they have two daughters.

Lane began his law enforcement career as a Wasco County Sheriff’s Reserve in late 2000, and January 1st, 2002 was fully employed by the sheriff’s office.  He began his career in the patrol division and the second year of employment he was assigned to the investigations division.  In 2009 he was promoted to Patrol Sgt. and in 2010 he was promoted to Chief Deputy.

During his law enforcement career he has served as the Wasco County Mounted Posse Coordinator, 911 advisor, Domestic Violence Council member, LPSCC member, Mid-Columbia Law Enforcement Association member, Emergency Operations Center Supervisor, and Sheriff’s Office Work Crew Coordinator.

Lane enjoys outdoor activities with fly fishing at the top of his list of favorites, and spending time with his family and grandkids.  He is also a sitting board member with Outdoor Adventures with Military Heroes, an organization that supports local veterans involving hunting and fishing.

About the Wasco County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – The Sheriff’s Office had our first town hall meeting November 10th in Maupin and a second town hall with our local Hispanic community on December 10th, and finally Mosier on February 1st. As I have noted, we talked about many issues facing the Sheriff’s Office as well as our citizens.

Two of the hottest topics were marijuana laws and immigration. When it comes to marijuana the laws are complicated and confusing at best; however, we were able to answer those questions important to our citizens. The primary concern was drug use among our juvenile population. As the Sheriff’s Office moves forward with this important subject, we will continue to be more involved with our local schools, educating students about the perils of drug use.

As we considered the subject of immigration, it became very clear to us that there is much fear, especially in our local Hispanic community. These fears include profiling by police to “remove them from the country,” and making illegal stops to identify them as illegal immigrants so they can be taken to jail. It was made very clear this would not be happening, based on current Oregon law and what role the Sheriff’s Office plays. Oregon law (ORS 181A.820) prohibits Oregon police agencies from spending public dollars, resources or personnel to locate or arrest persons whose only violation of the law is that they are in the country in violation of federal immigration law. This statute has been in place since 1987. Unless the Oregon legislature changes it, that law will continue to prohibit Oregon police officers from acting as immigration enforcement officers. As your Sheriff I will continue to monitor this important subject and keep all our citizens informed.

I am glad to report our 911 communications center is fully staffed with the hiring of three new dispatchers: Krista Silver, Shelbi AhSam and Cammy Hastings. Krista brings a wealth of dispatching experience from the LaGrande 911 center. Shelbi has moved from her position with Aspen Dental in Vancouver, Washington, returning to the area with her family, and Cammy is coming home to be closer to her husband’s family in the area. Welcome aboard!

Also fully staffed is Community Corrections. The last several months have been busy with the hiring of two new full-time employees. Anne Webber has been hired as our in-house Alcohol and Drug coordinator and Shandie Johnson has filled the vacant Parole and Probation deputy’s position. Anne brings years of experience in the area of drug and alcohol counseling, and Shandie has experience in working with other community corrections personnel in Sherman County. Welcome aboard!

2017 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

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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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