Matt English was born and raised in the small agricultural community of Moro, in Sherman County, Oregon. Matt graduated from Sherman Union High School and went on to attend Southern Oregon University in Ashland. While at S.O.U., he began his law enforcement career with an internship at Jackson County Community Corrections. English graduated from S.O.U. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science.
Matt was hired in 1998 by Hood River Community Corrections as a Parole and Probation Officer. In 2000, he transferred to the Sheriff’s Office as a patrol deputy. In 2009, English was assigned as a Detective for the Sheriff’s Office. Matt’s investigative work was instrumental in solving many of Hood River’s high-profile crimes. In 2009, he was the lead investigator in the Vagabond Motel Robbery/Homicide which resulted in the conviction of three people and also led to two other convictions for another armed robbery at Chuby’s restaurant in Odell.
More recently his diligent detective work yielded the conviction of a sexual offender who was the first offender to be sentenced under “Jessica’s Law” in Hood River County; resulting in a 25-year prison sentence.
During his tenure at the Sheriff’s Office Matt has served as a Training Instructor, Traffic Grant Project Coordinator, Public Information Officer and as a Part-Time Instructor at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. He has been deeply involved in the Reserve Deputy program, serving as an instructor and past Assistant Program Coordinator. Further, Matt served as president of the Hood River County Law Enforcement Association from 2005-2011.
In 2012, Matt was elected as the ninth Sheriff of Hood River County. Matt English has been a volunteer with the Hood River School District, local Little League and Hood River Community Education. Matt, his wife Robbie and twin boys Andy and Ben make their home in Hood River and are dedicated to the community.