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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Spring, 2014 – We have begun 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. Twenty of our local citizens are attending the Academy and after three classes, we are very impressed with the questions that they have of our staff and for their involvement in the academy. We plan to conduct additional Citizens Academies in the future and will again advertise for citizens to attend. It is an excellent way to learn about your Sheriff’s Office.

We have completed some restructuring in the Sheriff’s Office to make sure to assist us in maintaining a well-trained and qualified staff. By keeping staff cross trained, we will always have staff available to step into a key position if someone is unavailable. Dave Dethman, who has been our Emergency Management Deputy for the past three years, has been promoted to Patrol Sergeant. Sergeant Jim Chapman has been assigned to the Jail, Corrections Deputy Tim Durheim has been transferred to Patrol and Office Deputy Mike Ryan has been promoted to the Emergency Management Deputy. Deputy Mike Ryan has an extensive background with emergency services background with a fire department. Deputy Ryan is very qualified and has already hit the ground running. We have hired Lori Jo Smith to fill the Office Deputy position left vacated by Deputy Ryan’s promotion. All of these individuals are very well qualified and by cross training them, enhances our abilities to serve 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.