Conservators of the Peace

House speech regarding Harney County and BLM

Dear Representative Walden,

On behalf of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, I wanted to express our appreciation for your leadership and courage on the federal land management issues you addressed in your January 5th address to the House of Representatives.  Many Oregon Sheriffs share your concerns that the Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies that manage public lands have been completely unresponsive to concerns raised by local residents and community leaders.  You gave voice to the frustrations many people share in regard to these agencies and their land management practices.  Your speech was powerful, genuine, and incredibly timely given the events unfolding at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Your long history of representing rural Oregonians, working to support the interests of farmers and ranchers who live and work in these areas, and spearheading legislation to put people back to work in our forests is inspiring and deserving of our gratitude.  Few people understand the issues faced by rural Oregonians, and fewer still have the courage and conviction to make a stand and speak the truth as you so eloquently did in your floor speech.  We very much appreciate all you do to make Oregon a place every Oregonian can be proud of.  Thank you.

Representative Walden

2017 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

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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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