Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff
September 2016 — became involved with the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) in December of 1997. At that time I was the undersheriff of Malheur County. I quickly learned the value and importance of this great organization.
The reasons to be involved are many, but I believe the most important reason for all Oregon Sheriffs to be involved is leadership. By leadership, I’m not referring to the officers of the Association but rather the leadership that each sheriff provides within their respective counties that then reaches all counties of Oregon through the Association.
We know that we all can make mistakes. We also know that the office of sheriff exists in each county of the state; however, how each sheriff and their respective deputies apply the law and serve the public may vary from county to county. An issue that appears to be controversial in Malheur County may not even be an issue in Washington County. It is important that we understand this so that we can make good sound decisions for the greater good of Oregon Sheriffs.
The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association has experienced many changes over the past few years. Changing with the times is a necessity, and most of the changes have been very positive. Ten years ago no one would have imagined that the Association would be where it is today. The vehicle for these positive changes to come about has been great leaders, open discussion and then a united front.
While looking at the past and present with an eye on success, it is very important that true leadership is demonstrated by planning for the future.