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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Summer, 2014 – In January, we started the first Crook County Sheriff’s Office Citizens 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. We had scheduled twenty of our local citizens to attend the academy and on April 7th, seventeen members of our community graduated the academy. All of the graduates were very impressed and said they were amazed at what their Sheriff’s Office does on a daily basis. Many, if not all, have advised they would recommend others to attend the next academy. We would like to thank those citizens that took the time to attend the academy and learn what we do to serve our community. We plan to conduct additional citizens academy’s in the future and will again advertise for citizens to attend. It is an excellent way to learn about your Sheriff’s Office.

We are continuing to look at several options in regards to our shortage of available jail beds and when the options are all reviewed, we will be presenting them to the community for input before any final decisions are made. As of April 19, 2014, we have 111 sentenced individuals waiting to serve jail time in the Crook County Jail.

We lost one of our criminal/patrol deputies, Jeremy Neely, who moved back to South Carolina. Jeremy was an excellent deputy and he will be missed. With that being said, we have hired Dave Tugmon to fill the vacancy. Dave Tugmon has worked for this office in the past and moved to Alaska where he joined the Alaska State Troopers. Deputy Tugmon retired as a Lieutenant with the Troopers and returned home to Crook County where he determined that he was not ready to retire. Deputy Tugmon is very qualified and very seasoned in law enforcement. He is a welcomed addition to the Sheriff’s Office and this community.

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.