Deschutes County

Sheriff Shane Nelson Sheriff Shane Nelson

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 Nelson:

Effective July 1, 2015 Sheriff Shane Nelson began serving the citizens of Deschutes County as their Sheriff. He was appointed unanimously to fill the remainder of Retired Sheriff Larry Blanton’s term by the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners. Sheriff Nelson has been a member of the Sheriff ’s Office for 22 years, having served in the positions of reserve deputy, patrol deputy sheriff, corporal, criminal detective, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant, administrative lieutenant, operations division commander, corrections division commander and currently your Sheriff.

In 1993, Sheriff Nelson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in speech communication from Oregon State University. He holds executive level certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and has previously completed the middle management course. Sheriff Nelson is a graduate of the Mark Hatfield School of Government from Portland State University, was in class #2 of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College and is a graduate of the 2012 Leadership Course in Bend, Oregon.

“The opportunity to serve as only the ninth Sheriff of Deschutes County is humbling,” said Sheriff Nelson. “I am excited to serve the citizens as their Sheriff and continue excellent community partnerships.”

“Retiring Sheriff Larry Blanton has left the agency in excellent shape. The programs and policies that have been implemented during his eight years as Sheriff is a legacy most people only hope to achieve. What he has done for Deschutes County has come from his heart.”

“My goal as Sheriff is to build on the legacy of Sheriff Blanton, which includes continuing to provide quality service that our citizens expect and deserve. We will continue to work proactively to enhance community safety through viable programs that are tailored to the needs of Deschutes County.”

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 Nelson’s campaign and election for Sheriff starting in 2016.

I’m 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.