Sheriff Dennis Dotson
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
225 W. Olive Street
Newport, OR 97365
About Sheriff Dotson:
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Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson has a long and successful career in law enforcement. He was elected Sheriff in November 2004 after having been appointed by the Lincoln County Commissioners on August 1, 2003.
Sheriff Dotson served with the Oregon State Police for 28 years, the last 12 and 1/2 of which were spent as OSP commander for Lincoln County. He also has political experience, working as campaign manager for a local businessman and serving as his Legislative Assistant during the 2001 Legislative Session. In 2003, Dotson served as the committee administrator for the Senate's Business and Labor Committee.
Sheriff Dotson has served on dozens of boards, committees, task forces which have included non-profits, community organizations, and commissions. He continues to serve with many of those boards and committees at this time.
For more than five years now, Sheriff Dotson has hosted his own weekly radio talk show, "Roll Call" in addition to providing two local newspapers with a weekly column "Law Enforcement Tip of the Week", since November 2003.
Sheriff Dotson is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute in Evanston, Illinois and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Sheriff Dotson was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, is happily married and shares three sons and six grandchildren with his wife Becky.
From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office In Action
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Leadership Team 2011
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Jail Team 2011
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard with Sheriff
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office rigs
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Patrol Team 2009
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Posse 2007
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office SAR member D. Lorange
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Support Staff 2011
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Charger
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Spring, 2013 – Your deputies continue to respond to the
needs of many of our citizens and visitors
and the job has become increasingly difficult
and dangerous. As we have lost three patrol
deputies and six corrections deputies since
2009 due to budget reductions, the remaining
deputies are attempting to provide services to
our citizens that were once provided by nine
So what are we doing about it? We are
continually evaluating what we do and asking
why we do it, why we do it in a particular
manner, and is there a better way? Then we
make the appropriate changes.
Technology better organizes or simplifies to
speed up tasks and processes, but technology
does not replace the people who actually
provide the services. Your Sheriff’s Office has
led the way in implementing technology in
county government, but how does that benefit
Technology allows for many things including
the speedier flow of information to the DA’s
Office, courts and others. Citizens’ criminal
issues are processed in a more timely and accurate
fashion; capturing and recording data
so that more information can be provided
to victims and others when they request it.
Technology has also increased the level of
safety for your deputies so they can better
serve you with a higher level of confidence
that they will return home to their families at
the end of their shift.
Anytime your Sheriff’s Office implements
new technology, a news release is issued and
also printed in our bi-monthly newsletter to
inform our citizens about how we are meeting
the increasing demand for services. (Subscription
information is at the end of this article.)
Please read our weekly Tip of the Week
column in the News Guard and News Times.
Our radio show “Roll Call” has moved to
new radio stations and a new day of the week
effective February 27, 2013. “Roll Call” will
air every Wednesday morning at 8:35 on AM
1310 KNPT in Newport, AM 1400 KBCH in
Lincoln City, and AM 820 KWDP in Waldport.
You can also listen to a live-stream by
going to www.knptam.com and clicking on
the blue apple for Mac® users or the Windows®
logo for PC users.
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