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

Wheeler County Sheriff’s site

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


Winter, 2016 – On August 28th, during the height of bow season, the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office was notified about a missing 76-year-old hunt­er in a remote location of the Ochoco National Forest. The missing subject was without night-time gear and reportedly had a serious prior medical condition. The search lasted for two days and included assistance from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Grant County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, Mountain Wave Rescue, Oregon Air National Guard, Wheeler County Search and Rescue, and other local assets. Mid-morning on the third day the individual was located by local landowners on a large ranch that ran contiguously to the Ochoco National Forest. Other than being extremely exhausted, the subject was found to be in good health.

The Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office and the Wheeler County Office of Emergency Management have over the last several years worked with the local Wheeler County Am­ateur Radio Club (WARC) to support a push to increase the operability of amateur (HAM) radio in Wheeler County. Sheriff’s Office vol­unteers Jerry Beckham (KG7CXO) and Bruce Fones (KM7MM) have worked tirelessly over the last several years. With their work, and that of the Radio Club, Wheeler County can now have over 16 licensed amateur radio op­erators. This has also resulted in an increased involvement in the ARES/RACES program in conjunction with Emergency Management. There is also a newly designated amateur repeater that now covers Wheeler County and will eventually be linked with repeaters in Central and Southeastern Oregon. That repeater can be found operating on 146.680 MHz with a CTCSS tone of 162.2 Hz and a transmit offset of -600 Hz.

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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