About OSSA

Dedicated to serving and improving the law enforcement community.

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association was formed in 1916 to give Oregon Sheriffs a single and effective voice. Oregon’s 36 elected Sheriffs and their staff strive to improve citizen and community safety on a daily basis. Oregon’s Sheriffs are committed to the work of OSSA and strive to enhance criminal justice professionalism, improve law enforcement techniques and technology, and endeavor to collaboratively enhance community safety with their local, state and federal law enforcement partners. The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization.
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About the Office of the Sheriff

The history and origin of the Sheriff is a long one. Dive in and learn more about the position and duties of the sheriff as it has evolved over the centuries.
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Goals of the OSSA

The Oregon sheriffs and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association have six major goals which they are constantly striving to attain:
  1. Keeping up with police science and technology and providing appropriate educational programs for law enforcement personnel and the general public.
  2. Maintaining the role of Sheriff, as the chief law enforcement officer in the County.
  3. Developing and maintaining a public image that will permit the citizens to have confidence in the Sheriff’s ability to meet modern police problems.
  4. Working together to solve the problems of all Oregon Sheriffs and meet the challenges collectively.
  5. Provide scholarships to worthy second-year college law enforcement/corrections students.
  6. Provide permanent historical museums of Oregon Sheriffs Memorabilia.

Officers and Executive Committee

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President

Sheriff Terry Rowan
Umatilla County

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Vice-President

Sheriff Tim Svenson
Yamhill County

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Secretary

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
Deschutes County

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Treasurer

Sheriff Joe Kast
Marion County

2019 OSSA Executive Committee

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County

Sheriff Matt English, Hood River County

Sheriff Pat Garrett, Washington County

Sheriff Mark Garton, Polk County

Sheriff Joe Kast, Marion County

Sheriff Curtis Landers, Lincoln County

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, Deschutes County

Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County

Sheriff Terry Rowan, Umatilla County

Sheriff Nate Sickler, Jackson County

Sheriff Tim Svenson, Yamhill County

Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Malheur County

OSSA Staff

Sheriff Jason Myers (Ret.) - Executive Director

Julie Miller - Executive Office Manager

Sheyenne Brusven - Marketing & Media Relations Specialistt

Marianne Novotny - Administrative Assistant

Becca Sloper - Administrative Assistant

Troy Clausen - Training Coordinator

Elmer Dickens - General Counsel

Kevin Campbell - Contract Lobbyist

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OSSA Programs

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association participates and hosts a variety of programs to provide both law enforcement and public education:

Annual Conference and Awards Banquet

Civil Process Manual Publication (with order information)

Civil Training

College Scholarships Awarded

Command College

Court Security Training

Deputy Sheriff Academy

Enforcement (Patrol and Investigations) Training

Impaired Driving Grant Administration

Jail Inspector Certification

Jail Inspection Program

Jail Management Training

Livestock Investigation School

Museum Displays

New Sheriff Institute

Quarterly Oregon Sheriff Magazine

Safety Belt Grant Administration

Search and Rescue Training

Committees

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association has committees that are responsible for a variety of tasks within the association.

Chair
Acting Executive Director Jason Myers

Sheriff Travis Ash

Sheriff Mark Garton

Sheriff Curtis Landers

Sheriff Tim Svenson

Sheriff Brian Wolfe
Chair
Sheriff Pat Garrett

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson

Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff Terry Rowan
Chair
Sheriff Matt English

Sheriff Tom Bergin

Sheriff Andy Long
Chair
Sheriff Jim Yon

Sheriff Pat Garrett

Sheriff John Gautney

Sheriff Scott Jackson
Chair
Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff Matt English

Sheriff Pat Garrett

Sheriff John Hanlin

Acting Executive Director Jason Myers

Association Subchapters

Committee subchapters are in place to cover a wide variety of topics to further better public safety and education.

Civil Command Council

Chair
Civil Clerk Taylor Rodriguez
Linn County Sheriff’s Office
1115 SE Jackson St
Albany, OR 97322

Vice-Chair
Administrative Analyst Adriana Dominquez
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office
2223 Kaen Rd
Clackamas, OR 97045

Secretary
Clerk Amanda Blyleven
Klamath County Sheriff’s Office
3300 Vandenberg Rd
Klamath Falls, OR  97603

CHL Civil Subcommittee

Chair
CHL Unit Supervisor Paige Smith
Washington County Sheriff's Office
215 SW Adams Ave, Mailstop #32
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Vice-Chair
Special Deputy Sarah Fisher
Washington County Sheriff's Office
215 SW Adams Ave, Mailstop #32
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Secretary
Records Officer Angie Deaver
Lane County Sheriff's Office
125 E 8th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

Enforcement Command Council

Chair
Commander Gil MacGregor
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
215 SW Adams Ave, Mailstop #32
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Vice-Chair
Undersheriff Zach Mobley
Grant County Sheriff’s Office
205 S Humbolt St
Canyon City, OR  97820

Secretary
Undersheriff Mitch Elliott
Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office
701 Adams St, Suite #100
Fossil, OR  97830

Tactical Subcommittee

Co-Chair
Captain Paul Garrison
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
63333 W Highway 20
Bend, OR 97703

Co-Chair
Lieutenant Nick Hunter
Marion County Sheriff's Office
100 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Vice-Chair
Captain Joel Wendland
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 350
Portland, OR  97214

Secretary
Chief Deputy Carl Wilkerson
Lane County Sheriff's Office
125 E 8th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

PIO
Sergeant Jeremy Landers
Marion County Sheriff's Office
100 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Jail Command Council

Chair
Commander Tad Larson
Marion County Sheriff's Office
100 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Vice-Chair
Lieutenant Brian Bryson
Klamath County Sheriff's Office
3300 Vandenberg Rd
Klamath Falls, OR  97603

Second Vice-Chair
Captain Ted Langley
Linn County Sheriff’s Office
1115 SE Jackson St
Albany, OR 97322

Parole & Probation Command Council

Chair
Sergeant Dave Denny
Curry County Sheriff’s Office
29808 Colvin St
Gold Beach, OR 97444

Vice-Chair
Lieutenant Ryan Downing
Baker County Sheriff’s Office
3410 K St
Baker, OR 97814

Secretary
Commander Kevin Karvandi
Marion County Sheriff’s Office
100 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Search & Rescue Advisory Council

Chair
Deputy Bruce McGuire
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
225 W Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365

Vice-Chair
Sergeant Mark Herron
Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd Ste 350
Portland, OR 97214

Secretary
Deputy Daniel Tague
Lake County Sheriff’s Office
513 Center St
Lakeview, OR  97630