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
Spring, 2014 – A heavy snowfall blanketed Deschutes County
leading to hazardous driving conditions in early
February, many roadways and walkways were
impassable for most vehicles and pedestrians.
On February 8, 2014, deputies from the Sheriff’s
Office responded to two calls within minutes of
each other and found three people deceased due to
weather related conditions.
A welfare check of an elderly couple in the Sisters
area found an 83 year old male buried under
snow. His 69 year old wife was located nearby also
covered by snow which had fallen the previous
night and had continued to accumulate during
the day prior to the couple’s discovery. The couple
had apparently been walking from the road on an
unplowed driveway to the residence through
At almost the same time, on February 8, 2014,
deputies responded to a call in the Bend area of
a medical emergency where a 61 year old male
had been located collapsed. The male had been
shoveling snow prior to his collapse and was
located by his wife thirty minutes later.
While both incidents are under investigation,
the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office does not
suspect any of the deaths were a result of foul play;
rather a result of exposure to the extreme weather
conditions, overexertion in snow conditions, a
medical emergency or a combination of the
Members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Posse
attended the Oregon Association of Mounted
Posses (OAMP) in Wilsonville, Oregon. This year
the Sheriff’s Posse brought home two High Point
buckles for the Pistol Shoot, two team awards for
the Pistol Shoot, and four High Point buckles
for Shodeo. They also took home a second place
trophy for total points in the Shodeo events.
The Sheriff’s Posse is a group of all volunteers who
have a long standing goal of providing community
service under the authority of the Deschutes
County Sheriff. They assist with search and rescue,
animal rescue, public events and various other
duties as requested by the Sheriff. They participate
in the OAMP annual events, convention, search
and rescue symposium, pistol shoot, state trail ride
and Shodeo (mounted state-wide competition.)
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Posse owns five
acres of property just north of Bend and has built
an arena, clubhouse and a quality trail training
course. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Posse’s
rail trials are a popular event open to the public to
assist others in training their horses.