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
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.