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:

On January 7, 2014 Bruce Riley was sworn in as the 39th Linn County Sheriff, replacing Sheriff Tim Mueller who retired December 31, 2013. Bruce was appointed Sheriff by the Linn County Commissioners to fulfill the current term which expires on December 31, 2014. Bruce has filed for the Office of Sheriff and will be campaigning in 2014.

Bruce Riley grew up in Albany, Oregon. He holds an Associate 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, and the 62nd session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar also held in Quantico, Virginia.

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 1st Sergeant in 1998. In 2005 he was promoted to Captain and assumed the duties as the Patrol Division Commander. In 2009 Sheriff Tim Mueller promoted Bruce 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 spearheaded a major project by revamping the entire office policy manual. He was able to secure a grant through City County Insurance to help offset the costs. 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, and Albany Optimist Club.

Sheriff Riley and his wife of 23 years have three adult children and one granddaughter. They currently live in Tangent where they have lived for the past 17 years.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Linn County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Summer, 2014Levy 2014 - The Linn County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to report that the voters of Linn County have continued their long standing support of law enforcement by passing an operating levy on May 20. The levy overwhelmingly passed with over 55% yes to 36% no vote.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office has over a 30 year history with the citizens in passing this levy. This levy allows the Sheriff’s Office to reopen 48 jail beds that was closed due to budget cuts two years ago and restores several criminal deputy positions.

Sheriff Riley said, “I’m very thankful to the Linn County voters and appreciative of the priority that they have placed on public safety, especially during these tough economic times. As Sheriff, my job is to keep the peace; the passage of this levy will restore us to 2011 levels which will allow me to reopen 48 jail beds and continue to provide personal service with 24 hour patrol coverage. Keeping Linn County safe is my top priority and I will continue to do the best job I can, with the resources I have been entrusted with.”

Dog Fest Open House - On Friday, May 9, 2014, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office held their first annual Dog Fest open house at Animal Control. There was a large showing from the public, even with uncooperative weather. Our office micro chipped 18 dogs and sold 60 licenses. We gave numerous dog baths and trimmed nails on several of the dogs. One dog was adopted during the event and $174.00 in donations was raised, which will go towards the care of our shelter animals.

A big thank you to those who volunteered during this event. Our volunteers made this event possible and helped make it a success.