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 Craig Roberts
Clackamas County

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Vice-President

Sheriff Terry Rowan
Umatilla County

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Secretary

Sheriff Tim Svenson
Yamhill County

2019 OSSA Executive Committee

Sheriff Tom Bergin, Clatsop County

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County

Sheriff Matt English, Hood River County

Sheriff Pat Garrett, Washington County

Sheriff Curtis Landers, Lincoln County

Sheriff Jason Myers, Marion County

Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, Deschutes County

Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County

Sheriff Terry Rowan, Umatilla County

Sheriff Tim Svenson, Yamhill County

Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Malheur County

Sheriff Jim Yon, Linn County

OSSA Staff

Sheriff John Bishop (Ret.), Executive Director

Julie Miller, Executive Assistant

Vicky Knutson, Financial Specialist

Marianne Novotny, Program Coordinator

Becca Sloper, Sheriff Sales Clerk

Debbie Spinden, Website/Magazine Editor

Elmer Dickens, General Counsel

Kevin Campbell, 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.

  • Awards Committee

    • Chair
    • Executive Director John Bishop
    • Sheriff Travis Ash
    • Sheriff Mark Garton
    • Sheriff Curtis Landers
    • Sheriff Jason Myers
    • Sheriff Tim Svenson
    • Sheriff Brian Wolfe
  • Budget Committee

    • Chair
    • Executive Director John Bishop
    • Sheriff Gary Bettencourt
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff Jason Myers
    • Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
  • By – Laws Committee

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff Gary Bettencourt
    • Sheriff Jason Myers
    • Executive Director John Bishop
  • Command College / Deputy Academy & New Sheriff’s Academy Committee

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Jason Myers
    • Co-Chair
    • Executive Director John Bishop
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff John Gautney
    • Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
    • Sheriff Brian Wolfe
  • High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA)

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
    • Sheriff Craig Roberts
    • Sheriff Terry Rowan
  • Legislative Committee

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Jason Myers
    • Sheriff Tom Bergin
    • Sheriff Gary Bettencourt
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
    • Sheriff Craig Roberts
    • Executive Director John Bishop
  • Livestock & Oregon Cattlemen’s Association

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Brian Wolfe
    • Sheriff Gary Bettencourt
    • Sheriff Brad Lohrey
    • Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen
    • Sheriff Steve Rogers
    • Sheriff Terry Rowan
  • Magazine / Honorary Membership Committee

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Tom Bergin
    • Sheriff Tim Svenson
    • Executive Director John Bishop
  • Marine Board

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff Tom Bergin
    • Sheriff Andy Long
  • Medical Examiners Board

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Lane Magill
    • Sheriff Jim Yon
    • Sheriff Kenneth Matlack
  • Nominating Committee

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Gary Bettencourt
    • Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
    • Sheriff Tim Svenson
    • Sheriff Brian Wolfe
  • OJS Lead Inspector Liaison

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Andy Long
    • Sheriff Tim Svenson
  • Oregon Association of Mounted Posses

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Jim Yon
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff John Gautney
    • Sheriff Scott Jackson
  • Oregon Law Enforcement Leadership Forum

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Jason Myers
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff Craig Roberts
    • Executive Director John Bishop
  • Public Lands Committee

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Brian Wolfe
    • Sheriff Travis Ash
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff John Gautney
    • Sheriff Lane Magill
    • Sheriff Steve Rogers
    • Sheriff Terry Rowan
    • Sheriff Dave Ward
    • Sheriff John Ward
    • Sheriff Craig Zanni
  • Scholarship Committee

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Tim Svenson
    • Sheriff Jim Yon
    • Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
    • Sheriff Travis Ash
    • Sheriff Curtis Landers
  • School Crisis Response Task Force

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Craig Roberts
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff John Hanlin
    • Sheriff Andy Long
    • Executive Director John Bishop
  • Strategic Communications

    • Chair
    • Executive Director John Bishop
    • Sheriff Tom Bergin
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff Curtis Landers
    • Sheriff Michael Reese
    • Sheriff Craig Roberts
    • Sheriff Tim Svenson
    • Sheriff Jim Yon
    • General Counsel Elmer Dickens
    • Lobbyist Kevin Campbell
  • Transient Room Tax / SARAC

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff Pat Garrett
    • Sheriff Andy Long
  • Web Based Training

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Craig Roberts
    • Sheriff Matt English
    • Sheriff Curtis Landers
    • Sheriff L. Shane Nelson
    • Sheriff Michael Reese
    • Sheriff Tim Svenson
    • Executive Director John Bishop
  • Western States Sheriffs’ Association

    • Chair
    • Sheriff Tom Bergin
    • Sheriff Gary Bettencourt
    • Sheriff Steve Rogers
    • Sheriff Terry Rowan
    • Sheriff Brian Wolfe
    • Executive Director John Bishop

Association subchapters

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

Enforcement Command Council

Chair
Undersheriff Travis Johnson
Malheur County Sheriff’s Office
151 B Street W
Vale, OR 97918

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

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

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

PIO
Lieutenant Chris Baldridge
Marion County Sheriff's Office
100 High St NE
Salem, OR 97301

Civil Command Council

Chair
Chief Civil Deputy Ivy Zimmerman
Morrow County Sheriff’s Office
325 Willow View Drive
Heppner, OR 97836

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

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

CHL Civil Subcommittee

Chair
Erik Patton
Morrow County Sheriff's Office
325 Willow View Dr
Heppner, OR 97836

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

Secretary
Sarah Fisher
Washington County Sheriff's Office
215 SW Adams Ave, Mailstop #32
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Jail Command Council

Chair
Captain Mike Shults
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office
63333 W Highway 20
Bend, OR  97703

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

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

Parole & Probation Command Council

Chair
Commander Jamie Hepner
Hood River County Sheriff’s Office
309 State St
Hood River, OR 97031

Vice-Chair
Captain Justin Carley
Benton County Sheriff’s Office
180 NW 5th St
Corvallis, OR 97330

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

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