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Sheriff Glenn E. Palmer
Sheriff Glenn Palmer was appointed Sheriff of Grant County in November of 2000 and began his first elective term in January of 2001. He was subsequently reelected on four additional occasions. Sheriff Palmer began his career in law enforcement as a part-time corrections deputy in February of 1985. At the same time he was also a Reserve Patrolman with the City of John Day. In 1986, he served as a full time Correctional Officer in the old Grant County Jail. He transferred to a full time patrol position in 1988. Sheriff Palmer attended the first Deputy Sheriff’s Academy held by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. In 1989, Palmer resigned as a Deputy Sheriff and went to work as a Patrolman for the City of John Day. During his tenure, Palmer attained the rank of Senior Patrolman. Palmer was a narcotics canine handler for two years. During Sheriff Palmer’s career, he has been awarded three non-criminal life-saving awards. Sheriff Palmer has attained his Executive Certification through DPSST. Sheriff Palmer served four years in the United States Air Force. He served as a Fire Protection Specialist/Crash Fire Rescue and was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal for actions taken where a B-52 Bomber had caught fire in 1983. Palmer remains active in his community and was a 20+ year member of the John Day Volunteer Fire Department serving various positions as well as Fire Chief. He was awarded the Fireman of the Year award locally and received the Oregon State Volunteer Fireman of the Year award in 1997. Sheriff Palmer and his wife, RoseAnn, are active Board Members of the Lake Creek Youth Camp. Sheriff Palmer previously served as President of the Grant County Snowballers and is still a member serving as liaison for the over the snow search and rescue. The Snowballers are instrumental in the over the snow type Search and Rescue operations. Sheriff Palmer and his wife, RoseAnn, also make rustic log beds in which most are donated to local school and community fundraisers. Sheriff Palmer and his wife, RoseAnn have been married 31 years and have three grown children and two granddaughters.