Conservators of the Peace

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff

April, 2016 — This is the time of the year when all 36 counties in Oregon have been preparing their FY2016 budgets. County budgets continue to present challenges as demands for service increase and revenues to counties do not increase.

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association works hard to prevent new laws forcing unfunded mandates which can have a negative impact on local budgets and service demands.

The Oregon State Legislature has recently ended their “short legislative session” for 2016. Even though the session was fairly short the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association was represented very well during the session. The OSSA’s Legislative Committee worked tirelessly during the session. Our lobbyist Kevin Campbell, OSSA Executive Director John Bishop, and Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers were in contact with the state lawmakers daily, working hard for the benefit of the people of the great state of Oregon.

As sheriffs, we are in communication with our state senators and representatives as bills work their way through the process. We express our concern or support of potential new laws and look for legislation that makes good sense financially while making good public laws.

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association is the organization whose membership includes all 36 sheriffs in the state of Oregon. We truly care about the great people who live in and visit our communities. I can tell you that Oregon sheriffs are proud to serve. I encourage you to contact your sheriff if you have questions or concerns about public safety in your county.

better suit our business, meetings and training needs, as well as to expand our museum of sheriff memorabilia. Work on the remodel will begin in 2016.

As we look to 2016, OSSA will be celebrating its 100th anniversary as an organization. There are a number of commemorative items for sale celebrating this milestone. These items are available now and can be found on the last page of this magazine.

This is my last message as President of OSSA. It has truly been an honor to represent my fellow Oregon sheriffs this past year. It is exciting to see that OSSA is delivering on its mission and objectives and doing great things for the Office of Sheriff around our state. The organization has a 100 year track record of supporting sheriffs and I’m excited about the future. We have excellent staff within OSSA, and great leaders with our new President, Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Vice President, Sheriff Pat Garrett and Secretary, Sheriff Matt English. This group, along with the OSSA Executive Committee and all of our 36 Oregon sheriffs will continue to work together to strengthen the Office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve.

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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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