Conservators of the Peace

Wheeler County

Sheriff Chris Humphreys

Wheeler County Sheriff's Office

701 Adams St., RM 202
Fossil, OR 97830

tel: 541-763-4101
fax: 541-763-2026

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About Sheriff Humphreys

I am the 5th generation of my family to reside in Wheeler County. I began working as a police officer in 1996 when Wheeler County Sheriff Craig Ward hired me as the resident Deputy in Mitchell, Oregon. In 1999 I transitioned to the Portland Police Bureau. For the past three years I have been working as an independent consultant in support of various security related contracts.

Education: B.A. Criminal Justice (Western Oregon State College) Master’s of Criminal Justice (Boston University).

Married for 15 years with two children.

Various hobbies include hunting and fishing, reading, and strumming (poorly) on a guitar.

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Spring, 2017 – Like many other counties, the continual winter weather from December into February caused numerous issues for Wheeler County and its emergency services. Ice storms caused an uptick in both motor vehicle crashes and stranded motorists throughout the county. Snowed inroads caused issues in the provision of emergency response to those who live in some of the more remote areas of an already-rural county. In a humbling turn of fate, Sheriff Humphreys got his 4-wheel drive truck stuck in the waist-high snow while assisting in a welfare check of a citizen who had been snowed in for several weeks. Thankfully, members of the Wheeler County Fire and Rescue and Spray Ambulance were nearby with shovels and tow ropes to help “rescue the rescuer.” (It should be noted that Sheriff Humphreys was quick to acknowledge that this is not the first time that he has been rescued by firefighters).

Wheeler County saw another busy year during hunting season. In one instance, a patrolling WCSO deputy driving on Highway 207 between Mitchell and Service Creek was called to investigate subjects who were possibly trespassing on private property and in the act of retrieving an animal that had been shot. Deputies ended up seizing a trophy buck deer, and the ensuing investigation resulted in Oregon State Police (Fish and Wildlife Division) contacting and citing subjects living in the Warm Springs area. This was one of a handful of cases resulting in the seizing of illegally killed animals. In a boon to the community, Oregon State Police processed and donated much of the seized meat to local areas schools.

Planning is in full effect for the upcoming 2017 Eclipse. The total solar eclipse is slated to occur on August 21st, the path of which goes directly over the Painted Hills area in Wheeler County. Early predictors indicate that based on both weather and ambient light conditions, the southern edge of Wheeler County, extending into Jefferson, Crook and Grant County is “ground zero” for viewing of the Eclipse. Regional efforts are coalescing at this time for an estimated influx of viewers that number in the upper “tens of thousands.”

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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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