Crook County

Sheriff Jim Hensley Sheriff Jim Hensley

Crook County Sheriff's Office
308 E. 2nd St
Prineville, OR 97754

tel: 541-447-6398
fax: 541-416-0353
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About Sheriff Hensley:

Sheriff Hensley graduated from Crook County High School in 1973 and has lived in Crook County for 41 years. He raised three children in Crook County and is very proud of his long time commitment to residing in and serving the citizens of Crook County.

Sheriff Hensley started his law enforcement career as a reserve officer with the Prineville Police Department in 1981 and was hired as a full time police officer with the City of Prineville in 1983. In 1986 he went to work for the Crook County Sheriff's Office and worked in Patrol/Criminal, Narcotics Detective assigned to the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE), Patrol Sergeant, Undersheriff, Parole and Probation and was elected Sheriff in November 2010 and was sworn in as Sheriff on January 3rd, 2011.

Sheriff Hensley is an active member of the community, participating in the Crooked River Round Up Board, For The Children, Community Coalition and many other community functions and activities.

Sheriff Hensley and his wife Sherrie live in Prineville where they enjoy all that Crook County has to offer.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Crook County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Winter, 2014 – Corrections Sergeant Paul Edgerly retired in November after serving the citizens of Crook County for 17 years. Sgt. Edgerly started as a seasonal Marine Deputy and subsequently worked his way up to being second-in-command of the Jail. Sgt. Edgerly will be missed in the Jail; however, he has shown an interest in returning and working as a seasonal Marine Deputy in 2015.

Detective Theresa Plinski accepted a Parole and Probation Deputy position with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and will be missed by this office. Theresa has done an outstanding job for Crook County and I know that she will excel in her new position.

We recently hired Chris Staup to fill the open patrol deputy’s position. Deputy Staup has eight years law enforcement experience from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition, we have another new deputy to the Sheriff’s Office by the name of Jett. Jett is an 18 month old black lab that is working in the newly formed Drug Detection Unit here at the office. Jett is in charge of the unit and Deputy Mitch Madden has been assigned to work for Jett. The two of them have recently been certified by the Oregon K-9 Association and are looking forward to working together. The unit’s motto is “With Paws We Bust.” We would like to thank the community for all the funding that was provided for us to be able to purchase Jett and train Deputy Madden to learn how to work with Jett.

This coming February we will be starting our second annual Crook County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy. The purpose of the academy is to provide the citizens of our county the opportunity to see what the Sheriff’s Office does and what the elected Sheriff’s responsibilities are, as required by Oregon Revised Statues. If you are interested in attending, please contact us for an application. If the academy is full we will place your name on the roster for the next academy. It is an excellent way to learn about your Sheriff’s Office.

As I have said in the past, I would like to thank the members of my staff for the work that they all do on a daily basis. They work many long and tiring hours to serve our community and keep it safe.

As always if you would like to visit with me, please feel free to contact me.