Conservators of the Peace

Yamhill County

Sheriff Tim Svenson

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

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

tel: 503-434-7506
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


Spring, 2017 – Effective January 24, 2017, Yamhill County’s Emergency Management Division moved under the Sheriff’s Office. While remaining a county-wide program, it is expected that this move will assist in better coordination and collaboration between Emergency Management, the county, and law enforcement. YCSO Sergeant Brian Young was selected through a competitive process to fill the Emergency Management Program Coordinator position. Sergeant Young has begun working in Emergency Management and is diligently and methodically obtaining his certifications and connecting with emergency managers across the state, as well as reestablishing and strengthening relationships throughout the county.

As noted in the winter 2016 issue of Oregon Sheriff, we received approval for a discretionary allocation to contract with a private provider for 24-hour jail medical services. The jail upgraded medical coverage February 1st by contracting for 24-hour a day coverage with Correct Care Solutions (CCS); previously coverage consisted of 10 hours per day. CCS provides services to six other facilities in Oregon and staff from around the state and Washington assisted in the transition. The increase in hours covered and the additional off-site support will be a substantial improvement in custody health care, allowing us to better fulfill our responsibilities for the safety and security of the custodies we house.

In mid-January Sheriff Svenson, Enforcement Captain Bowdle, Jail Captain Mosiman and Corrections Deputy Madeline Knutz attended the Provoking Hope fundraiser dinner on behalf of YCSO. The office works with Provoking Hope (, a Willamette Valley service provider, to assist those struggling with addictions as they transition to a path of recovery. The YCSO is proud to collaborate with social services agencies and groups in the county to provide better coordination in caring for our citizens.

We were able to send a few staff, including Deputy Steve Wilkinson, to attend the 2017 ODOT Police Traffic Safety Conference. The conference provided two full days of traffic safety updates and top-notch speakers, and helped with giving information on changes and best practices that will be helpful in lowering the number of traffic-related incidents in Yamhill County.

February, March, and April are big training months for YCSO. During these three months, YCSO offers training to sworn and non-sworn deputies and employees on MILO, Defensive Tactics, First Aid/CPR, Trauma First Aid, Firearms Skills building, and OSHA (HazMat, Bloodborne pathogens, and Fire Extinguishers). In a first for the office under Sheriff Svenson, two of our employees became Red Cross First Aid/AED certified instructors, which will allow us to do all First Aid/CPR recertifications in-house, as well as provide certification training for all new employees. We also want to utilize these resources to assist in training citizens.

YCSO continues to focus on expanding and strengthening our relationship with the community we serve. As part of this mission, we will be reinstituting our Citizens’ Academy and will hold our first academy since 2012 beginning in April 2017. Held over nine consecutive weeks, the academy will cover a number of areas of responsibility in the YCSO. Topics include, but are not limited to, emergency management; jail operations; patrol operations; recruitment and hiring process and training procedures; narcotics investigations, including a DUII and drug recognition presentation; crime scene investigation; and criminal law and court procedures. In addition, given the extensive coverage in the media over the last several years, we will be discussing use of force guidelines and practices, officer safety, and defensive tactics, as well as the psychological impact to our deputies and staff of officer-involved shootings. It is our intention that our citizens will come away from the academy with a better understanding of the variety of duties our deputies are responsible for and a better appreciation of how YCSO serves the community.

As we move into early spring, YCSO is also working on filling several positions. We are excited to add a lateral transfer and have hired staff from other positions into deputy positions. Patrol Deputy Travis Hill joined YCSO in early March, coming to us from the Gladstone (OR) Police Department, where he was serving as a detective and working with their major crime team, as well as assisting with child abuse and sex crimes and arson investigations. In addition to Gladstone PD, Deputy Hill has served with the Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department, Clackamas County (OR) Sheriff’s Office, Washington County (OR) Sheriff’s Office, and Seaside (OR) Police Department. Corrections Deputy Joshua Sullivan moved from a Corrections Reserves Deputy to full-time Corrections Deputy in early March. A graduate of Western Oregon University, Deputy Sullivan has spent the last several years as a Reserve Corrections Deputy while simultaneously serving in the Army Reserves. Kevin Thurman joined the ranks of our corrections deputies in early March as well. A life-long Oregonian, Deputy Thurman has worked for YCSO since December 2013 as a Jail Medical Clerk and Control Room Technician. He has previously served with Metro West Ambulance Service and as a volunteer with the Corvallis Fire Department. Deputy Thurman holds an AAS in Fire Suppression from Chemeketa Community College and an AAS in Paramedic from OIT/OHSU. In addition to these new deputies, we have extended offers to several individuals who are new to law enforcement. We are hopeful to get these new recruits on board and into the academy in early to mid-spring so that we can replace those vacancies as Yamhill County moves into the heavy tourist season.

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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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