Sheriff Gautney was sworn into office on December 31, 2015, after the retirement of Sheriff Jim Hensley. Sheriff Gautney served as the Undersheriff of Crook County from January 3, 2011 before becoming Sheriff.
He began his career with Crook County Sheriff’s Office in April 1985 and worked as a criminal patrol deputy and later promoted to criminal patrol sergeant. After more than nine years with the Crook County Sheriff Office, Sheriff Gautney was hired by the Bend Police Department in July 1994.
While employed by the City of Bend Police, Sheriff Gautney served as a patrolman, criminal detective, patrol sergeant, criminal detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, and his last assignment with Bend Police was as Task Force Commander of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team, where he was assigned for 3½ years.
Sheriff Gautney returned to Crook County Sheriff’s Office on January 3, 2011, after serving 16½ years with the Bend Police. Sheriff Gautney has an Associate Degree from Central Oregon Community College and a Police Executive Certificate through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
Sheriff Gautney is a 2007 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Sheriff Gautney is a long-time resident of Crook County. He and his wife Audrey have four children, one of which is also a Deputy Sheriff and K9 Handler with Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and eight grandchildren to keep them busy.