Sheriff Tim SvensonYamhill County Sheriff's Office
535 NE 5th St., RM 143
McMinnville, OR 97128
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
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
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.