Sheriff Larry Blanton
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office
63333 W. Hwy. 20
Bend, OR 97701
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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
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Fall, 2014 – Predictions called for an active 2014 fire season in
Central Oregon with hot, dry and windy weather
for the region. As of mid-August, Deschutes
County experienced numerous fires including two
that required evacuations.
The first fire was the “Two Bulls Fire” which
started midday on June 7th near Tumalo, 10 miles
northwest of Bend. The fire burned more than
6,900 acres of private forestland and federal lands
on the Deschutes National Forest.
The Deschutes County Sheriff ’s Office responded
with multiple fire agencies to the wind-driven fire.
Evacuations began in the Tumalo Reservoir area
and then into the areas west of Bend, including
Saddleback, Bull Springs, Northwest Crossing,
and Skyliners Road. These notifications ranged
from Level 1 (Ready) to Level 3 (Go) and lasted
for days as firefighters worked to contain the fire.
Emotions ran high as residents had to leave the life
savings it took to build their homes and many had
to board their pets.
The fire required the use of 1,163 fire personnel, 6
helicopters, 45 crews, 77 engines, 11 dozers and 15
water tenders. The estimated cost to suppress the
fire was almost $5.5 million.
Many people are comparing the Two Bulls Fire
to the August 1990 Awbrey Hall Fire which
destroyed 22 homes on Bend’s Westside. Both fires
were human-caused, displaced homeowners and
put thousands of residents on edge. Although no
homes or structures were burned in the Two Bulls
Fire, it could have ended differently. These fires in
the wild land urban interface highlight the need
for defensible space, preparing our homes for wild
The second fire called the “Muskrat Fire” was
reported at approximately12:45 p.m. on August
7th. The fire started in 1.5 acres and within an
hour it grew to 50 acres. The fire was about 2
miles northwest of Cultus Lake and ˝ mile from
Muskrat Lake within the Three Sisters Wilderness
on the Deschutes National Forest. The fire
required two helicopters, three type 2 hand crews,
tree felling crews and helitack.
Evacuations of campers included the areas
on the west and north shores of Cultus Lake
including: West Cultus Campground, Big Cove
Campground, Little Cove Campground, and back
country areas and trails north of Cultus Lake
including Corral Swamp, Winopee Lake, Muskrat
Lake and Teddy Lake.
The Sheriff ’s Office enjoys excellent working
relationships with our local, state, and federal fire
agencies, the county road department, and the
American Red Cross.
“Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t
mean wildfire season is coming to a halt. It used
to be that fire season started sometime in June and
faded away in September; now it may start in May
and run through October or until we get our first
good snow,” stated Sheriff Larry Blanton.