Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen was elected and began serving in 2005 as the Union County Sheriff, replacing retiring Sheriff Stephen Oliver. Sheriff Rasmussen brings his ability to work with people to solve common problems in his role as Sheriff. He began his law enforcement career at Sheriff’s Office in 1996 while completing a business/economics degree at Eastern Oregon University. “Running a Sheriff’s Office is like running a business. In order to be successful in operating the patrol, corrections, and civil functions of a Sheriff’s Office, adequate funding and strong fiscal management are critically necessary.” The Sheriff has established strong working relationships with the County Commissioners, which has led to a strong commitment to adequately fund the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Rasmussen has a firm belief that law enforcement has to be fair. “How you treat employees is an indication of how you’ll treat the public,” he says. “If your employees feel they’re treated fairly, that will carry through to the public.” The Sheriff’s Office employees strive to deliver the highest level of law enforcement service to the citizens of Union County. The Sheriff appreciates the lifestyle Eastern Oregon offers. “I grew up in this fine community, and I’m committed in working to keep it that way.” Boyd and his wife have six children; four daughters and two sons.