Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff

Winter 2016 — It has been a pleasure to serve as the president of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association during this past year. It has been a busy year with sheriffs helping other sheriffs. With the increase in political dissatisfaction creating a real threat to the safety of law enforcement, it seems that each day we hear about men and women in law enforcement who are being killed for no reason other than some have a dislike for those who desire to serve the public. I believe that we must show that we are united as we face challenges to come.

I really cannot think about the success that the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association has had without giving thanks to some people that work very hard for all sheriffs in Oregon. First, we have the staff at the OSSA office. First is our Executive Director John Bishop who is fully invested in his position. John is always available for a call at all hours of the day and night. We have Julie Miller, Marianne Novotny, Vicky Knutson, and Becca Sloper who all work in the association office. We also must thank Debbie Spinden who puts our quarterly magazine together and works on our website. I believe that all of these great people are the unsung heroes of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association.

Elmer Dickens, who provides our legal counsel, is also a person who gives much because he cares about Oregon Sheriffs and the office of Sheriff.

Kevin Campbell works as hard as anyone I have ever seen, and there is no one any better connected in Oregon politics than Kevin.

I want to personally thank retired Oregon State Police Superintendent Rich Evans for his work in developing and maintaining positive relationships with Oregon Sheriffs. I know that Superintendent Travis Hampton will continue to work with sheriffs and assist whenever needed.

I want to thank each Oregon Sheriff for all that each of you do for your counties as well as the association.

I believe that it is imperative that we all do everything that is humanly possible to protect the office of Sheriff. We must ensure that it remains a constitutional office. We must do a better job in educating the general public of the importance of an elected sheriff and the office of Sheriff.

We have excellent team members working in the OSSA office, outstanding leaders with our new President, Sheriff Pat Garrett, Vice President, Sheriff Matt English, and Secretary, Sheriff Craig Roberts.

Again, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve as your president of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association.