Sheriff Chris HumphreysWheeler County Sheriff's Office
701 Adams St., RM 202
Fossil, OR 97830
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.
About the Wheeler County Sheriff's Office
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
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.”