Linn County

Sheriff Bruce Riley Sheriff Bruce Riley

Linn County Sheriff's Office
P.O. box 100
Albany, OR 97321

tel: 541-967-3950
fax: 541-967-8169
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About Sheriff Riley:

Sheriff Riley was appointed Sheriff January 1, 2014, and then was elected to his four-year term as Sheriff in January 2015.

Bruce comes from a line of law enforcement as his great grandfather; Robert Walker was the Sheriff of Franklin County Nebraska from 1909 to 1923. Bruce’s grandfather, Charles Walker, was a deputy Sheriff in Franklin County as well.

Bruce Riley is a native Linn County resident growing up in Albany, Oregon. He holds an Associates of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Linn-Benton Community College and has attended many classes that relate to executive level law enforcement training. This includes the 227th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, the 62nd session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar also held in Quantico, Virginia and the 106th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute held in Colorado.

Bruce began his law enforcement career in 1985 when Sheriff Ken Goin swore him in as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. After serving as a Reserve Deputy for a short time, was hired as a full-time Patrol Deputy on June 1, 1987. Riley was promoted to Corporal in 1994 and then to First Sergeant in 1998. In 2005, he was promoted to Captain and assumed the duties as the Patrol Division Commander. In 2009, Bruce was promoted to Undersheriff, where he managed overall Sheriff’s Office operations. Bruce has served as an instructor in several law enforcement related disciplines, received numerous certificates and awards, from the sheriff’s office and local community.

In 1990, Bruce was chosen to be the first DARE Officer for the Sheriff’s Office. He implemented the program in all the rural Linn county Schools and taught the core anti – drug curriculum for two years, which also raised thousands of dollars in donations to help fund the program.

Bruce is a member of the FBI National Associates, FBI National Associates Oregon Chapter, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Tangent Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors, Lebanon Chamber Executive Board of Directors and Albany Optimist Club.

Sheriff Riley and his wife currently live in Tangent. They have three adult children and one granddaughter.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Linn County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Winter, 2014 – After a long, nearly nine year career with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Deputy Hondo will be hanging up his leash to live a leisurely life of retirement.

During Hondo’s entire career, he was partnered with Deputy John Trenary. As you can imagine, the bond between Deputy Trenary and Hondo was very strong, making the two inseparable. Hondo was deployed over 500 times in his career and is credited with finding over 185 pounds of illegal drugs (marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine) with a total “street value” of approximately $750,000.

Alerts from Hondo also led to the location and seizure of nearly 700 pieces of drug paraphernalia, over 100 items of MDMA (commonly referred to as ecstasy) and prescription controlled substances comingled with illegal drugs, and over $126,000 in currency from drug sales proceeds.

The children who swarmed around Hondo at school presentations and public appearances, loved him. His friendly, happy demeanor made Hondo an incredibly effective ambassador to the Linn County community; humanizing our office to the citizens we serve.

Unfortunately, Hondo’s arthritis is preventing him from continuing his career. Medically, he is no longer suited for law enforcement. Though his back might be failing, his spirit is just as energetic and fun loving as ever. Hondo has certainly earned an extravagant retirement of table scraps, belly rubs, and lounging with his family.

Deputy John Trenary has done an incredible job as Hondo’s handler, which is evident in the accomplishments Hondo has had in his career. We recognize the time, training, and dedication it takes on and off duty to be a successful K9 team. Hondo will have nothing but the best as he lives out his golden years with the Trenary family.