Conservators of the Peace

Yamhill County

Sheriff Tim Svenson

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

535 NE 5th St., RM 143
McMinnville, OR 97128

tel: 503-434-7440
fax: 503-472-5330
Yamhill County Sheriff’s site

About Sheriff Svenson

Tim Svenson grew up in Clatskanie, Oregon.  He attended Western Oregon University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Law Enforcement and studied Public Policy and Administration.  He was hired with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office as an intern in June of 1999 and hired full time as a Deputy in January of 2000.

During his career he has served as a Deputy, K-9 handler, Sergeant, in both Patrol and Jail divisions, Administrative Sergeant, and as Operations Captain.  He currently holds an Executive Level certification through DPSST and is dual certified in both Patrol and Jail operations.   In November of 2014 he was elected Sheriff and was sworn in as the 30th Sheriff of Yamhill County on January 5th, 2015.

Tim has been married to his wife for 14 years and has a 4 year old Daughter, Alayna.  He is an avid sports fan, enjoys attending local sporting events, and in his spare time continues to raise money for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and enjoys working on his 1968 Firebird.

About the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – Also joining our team is Deputy Sam El­liott. Deputy Elliott has over 15 years of law enforcement experience, previously serving as a patrol officer and a detective from a neigh­boring agency. His knowledge and skill set will be a huge benefit to the Sheriff’s Of­fice, and we hear he is having fun spreading his wings around Yamhill County.

Other movement around the office has taken place as well. Sergeant Chris Ray was promoted to administrative captain and will oversee Detectives, the Interagency Drug Unit, and Records Department as part of our Operations Division. Deputies Robert Eubanks and Donald Stackpole were promoted to sergeants and will be supervis­ing rural patrol teams in our Enforcement Division. Deputy Ronald Lang was pro­moted to a sergeant position in the jail and will supervise a team of deputies inside the facility as part of our Jail Division.

YCSO recently teamed up with the Mc­Minnville Police Department and New­berg-Dundee Police Department for an EVOC and Active Shooter training which was held at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training skills facilities. The ability to pool high-quality instruc­tors and equipment was a huge benefit and something that could not take place without the positive relationships between departments.

Another example of this interagency coop­eration involves an active homicide inves­tigation that began in October. After a body was located in a rural field in Yamhill County, the Major Crimes Response Team (MCRT) was activated and aggressively be­gan working the case. Detectives from sev­eral police agencies within Yamhill County and the Oregon State Police worked in uni­son, collecting both physical and electronic evidence, serving some search warrants, and traveling out of state on follow-up. The case is still pending, and a homicide suspect has been identified.

The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team (YCINT) has ramped up operation after a short hiatus and has hit the ground running. Their first case after reactivation had an immediate impact on the drug trade in Yamhill County. It resulted in the seizure of over two pounds of methamphetamine, over $25,000 cash, a vehicle, and a hand­gun.

The team currently consists of detectives from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police. The team is supervised by YCSO and the Board Chair is Sheriff Svenson.

The Sheriff has secured a discretionary allocation from the Board of Commis­sioners for the jail to transition our jail medical services to a private provider. This transition will provide 24-hour medical coverage for our facility. It is an exciting time for our staff since this will be the first time in our facility’s history that we will be providing 24-hour medical coverage to all custodies. This transition will benefit our staff and custodies in many ways. Most obvious is that we will be able to provide better medical care around the clock. With the greater coverage of medical staff, and also as part of this transition, the addition of two full-time control room techs, our sworn staff will have more time to work with custodies and assist in other proactive ways.

The jail has also recently ordered a piece of exercise equipment for placement in our recreation yard. This purchase, funded by canteen funds generated by inmates to improve their housing conditions, is weather-resistant and built with security in mind. Alternative recreation programs are beneficial to incarcerated individuals to assist both with the passing of time in a constructive manner and to assist in coping with the daily stresses of incarceration.

Heading into the holiday season, YCSO has also been working to assist citizens through two focused campaigns. Thanks to a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office was able to facilitate the donation of 100 new coats to the KLYC/Smith and Company Painting Coats for Kids Drive. The coats will be donated to several orga­nizations for distribution, including City Outreach Ministries, CASA, and Beyond Backpacks.

In addition, YCSO has refocused the annual Toys for Kids Program campaign in order to increase the personal interac­tion between local school children and the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office organization. Shop with a Sheriff, utiliz­ing the nationally-recognized Shop with a Cop approach, began by soliciting the county school districts for children who could benefit. Approximately 60 students were selected for a focused shopping trip with YCSO deputies and staff at the local Walmart, to include a meal and gift-wrap­ping. Shop with a Sheriff looks to establish positive one-on-one interactions between the children of Yamhill County and YCSO staff, and this interaction will have a significant impact on enriching relationships between the Sheriff’s Office, businesses, and the community that extend beyond the holiday season.

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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