Deschutes County

Sheriff Larry Blanton Sheriff Larry Blanton

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
63333 W. Hwy. 20
Bend, OR 97701

tel: 541-388-6655
fax: 541-389-4454
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About Sheriff Blanton:

Larry has been in law enforcement in Oregon for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as Undersheriff of Deschutes County. He and his wife of 34 years have lived in Bend all their lives. They have two sons, Chad, a fireman paramedic for the City of Portland, and Shawn, a driver for Central Petroleum of Bend. Last October they welcomed their first grandchild, Addie.

As Sheriff of Deschutes County, Larry serves as the Vice President of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association and is a member of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association Executive Committee. He is Chairman of the Board for the Oregon Accreditation Alliance and serves on the Oregon HIDTA Board (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.) Larry is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy.

Larry is an active member of the community, participating in the Bend Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council and Leadership Bend Graduate of Class #2. In addition, Larry serves on many boards including the Central Oregon Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation.

--1976 - Bend City Police Department - Reserve
--1978 - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office - Reserve
--1980 - Wasco County Sheriff's Office - Deputy Sheriff
--1982 - Molalla Police Department - Sergeant
--1985 - Began full-time career with Deschutes County Sheriff's office, promoted through the ranks as Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Undersheriff
--2007 to Present - Sheriff

--Western Oregon State College
--Clackamas Community College
--Chemeketa Community College
--Central Oregon Community College

--Department of Public Safety and Standards Training -- Executive Certificate.
--Department of Public Safety and Standards Training -- Oregon Executive Development Institute Graduate
--Mark Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
--Graduate of Session #212 of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia
--Graduate of FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development, Quantico, Virginia
--Graduate of the 94th Session of the National Sheriffs' Institute

Family, fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office In Action


Spring, 2015 – After a great deal of consideration, Sheriff Larry Blanton is announcing his retirement as Sheriff of Deschutes County effective July 1, 2015.

Message from Sheriff Larry Blanton:

It has been an honor and privilege serving the citizens of Deschutes County for nearly 30 years. It has been easy to be successful as Sheriff as I have been surrounded by people who understand our primary duty and responsibility of delivering quality public safety to the citizens of Deschutes County.

Many things have been accomplished while I have been Sheriff of Deschutes County. Most notably are permanent funding, expanding the jail, expanding medical and mental health in the jail, a free shredding and drug disposal program, a new records management system, patrol and jail accreditation, newly remodeled detectives, administration, jail lunch room and locker rooms, animal rescue ranch, new shooting range, a plan for radio expansion, and the list goes on.

I have discussed with each Deschutes County commissioner and County Administrator Tom Anderson, individually, that I am recommending Captain Shane Nelson to finish my term as Sheriff of Deschutes County effective July 1, 2015. In addition, I will support Captain Nelsonís campaign and election for Sheriff starting in 2016.

Iím very proud of Captain Erik Utter, Captain Scott Beard and Captain Shane Nelson for the discussions we have had over the past several months in determining the changes we need to make to prepare this agency for the future. I can assure you there is no better command staff in the state of Oregon. All of the command staff is in support of the transition to the new sheriff.

You have my promise that I will serve the citizens of Deschutes County faithfully and without distraction through June 30, 2015. After that date, I will continue to help with the transition to ensure a smooth transfer and to complete some required state law mandates regarding audits and accounting.

I sincerely thank the citizens of Deschutes County for allowing me to serve as their eighth Sheriff. I will remain a proud citizen of Deschutes County after my retirement.