We would like to update our membership on some changes occurring within the OSSA Office. Vicky Knutson, who has worked for OSSA for 30 years, has retired as of August 16th, 2019. Vicky has been stalwart to this organization and was the longest-standing OSSA employee on staff. Vicky has supported OSSA office functions in many different capacities over the years, and in doing so, she helped OSSA develop into the strong organization that it is today. Vicky’s positive attitude and great smile will be greatly missed. We would like to thank Vicky for her dedication, commitment, and loyalty over the years. We wish her all the best in the next chapter in life.
At the end of this year, Debbie Spinden, who has worked for OSSA for over 20 years as the editor of the OSSA magazine and OSSA website manager, will be retiring as well. Debbie has done an amazing job of coordinating and organizing the OSSA magazine and website. Her attention to detail and adherence to strict timelines has ensured the magazine was relevant and on time. We would like to thank Debbie for all her efforts over the years and wish her and her husband Jim (retired Washington County Sheriff) all the best in their retirement.
Retired Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers was hired on August 1st to fill a new position within OSSA as the government relations/training coordinator. Jason will be working together with the Oregon Sheriffs and OSSA Lobbyist Kevin Campbell
on all legislative matters impacting public safety and the office of sheriff. As Marion County Sheriff and a member of OSSA, Jason has been involved in many statewide task forces and workgroups, and has represented the Association on all of its legislative matters as the Legislative Committee chair for a number of years.
Through these experiences, Jason has made relationships with legislators, elected officials, stakeholders, and organizations,
and has gained knowledge/history on many of the tough issues facing public safety.
These relationships and experiences will help Jason transition well into this new role. In addition to government relations, Jason will be assisting OSSA and sheriff ’s offices across the state by coordinating and facilitating OSSA’s signature training programs. These training programs include OSSA’s New Sheriff’s Institute, Command College and Deputies’ Academy. In addition, he will work with all of the OSSA command councils (jail, enforcement, civil, parole and probation, and SAR) assisting them with their training needs. He will also be looking at ways to enhance OSSA’s training efforts to meet the needs of all our sheriff ’s offices and communities across the state.
OSSA is recruiting for a marketing and media relations specialist position. This position will be responsible for creating content for the magazine, social media accounts, website, and other mediums of communication. The idea is to keep our membership and communities informed of the important role OSSA has in supporting the office of sheriff in Oregon.
OSSA hosted its 20th session of Command College September 8-13, 2019. Command College is OSSA’s premier leadership training for front-line to command-level leaders within a sheriff ’s office. This 52-hour training focuses on developing individual leadership skills through hands-on group activities, team-building activities, lectures, presentations and motivational speakers. Topics for Command College are: Servant Leadership, Effective Communication, Public Relations/ Community Engagement, Officer Wellness, Personnel and Human Resources, Public Budgeting, Project Management, Personal and Employee Accountability, Ethics, Practical Leadership and much, much more. Command College continues to evolve as attendee input is solicited and used to make this training relevant and current to the important responsibility of sheriff ’s office leadership. This session had 42 attendees representing 32 individual counties. Your Oregon Sheriffs have placed a priority on the importance of developing strong leaders within their offices. Through this training, sheriffs are ensuring that leadership within the office of sheriff in Oregon is prepared to meet the expectation and needs of the communities that they proudly serve.