Jim Yon was appointed as the 40th Linn County Sheriff by the Linn County Board of Commissioners on June 1, 2018, to fulfill the remainder of Retired Sheriff Bruce Riley’s term. Sheriff Yon has been a member of the Sheriff’s Office for nearly 25 years, having served as a Resident Deputy, Detective, Corporal, 1st Sergeant, Detective 1st Sergeant, Support Services Captain, Undersheriff and now Sheriff.
In his years of service, he has held every level of leadership, worked in three different divisions and was a longtime member of the Dive team. He brings a broad range of experience from developing policies and preparing the office budget, to investigating all levels of crime.
Sheriff Yon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Oregon State College in Law Enforcement. He holds his Middle Management Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. He has completed the Oregon State Sheriffs Association Command College.
Sheriff Yon has been married to his wife, Angie, for 24 years and has two adult children. He enjoys sports, camping and the outdoors.