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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Spring, 2015 – The Linn County Sheriff’s Office held their annual Awards Dessert January 30, 2015, at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center. There were 174 employees and volunteers in attendance. Sheriff Riley and the captains of the different divisions handed out the awards. Sheriff Riley also recognized the volunteers. He said, “They not only are dedicated, but without their continued support, we would not have been able to keep some of our community programs going.” The Awards Dessert is a time to recognize those employees and volunteers who for different reasons, have given their supervisors a reason to take notice. We applaud them and their hard work for making Linn County a better place to live and work. The award recipients are as follows:

• Division Employee of the year: Civil – Shelly Patton, Support Services – Staff Sergeant Joe Larsen, Dispatch – Suzanne Fletchall, Corrections - Deputy Sherry Eason, Corrections Programs – Katie Hill RN, Criminal – Deputy Brandon Fountain, Detectives – Detective Rick Campbell

• Volunteer Groups: Cert - Circe Verba, ARES - Roger Emery, Search and Rescue – Caleb Glaser, Posse – Tom Christiansen, Reserves – Deputy Paul Manghelli, Volunteer of the Year – Dee Gaylord

• Joint Service Commendation: Staff Sergeant Steve Looney, Deputy Corey Putney, Tammy Cook, Nicholas Vinson, Steven Frambes

• Supervisors of the Year- Staff Sergeant Ken Stewart and Sergeant Randy Voight

• Employee of the Year- Deputy Greg Amo