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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Spring, 2014 – Bruce Riley was sworn in as the new Linn County Sheriff on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the Linn County Courthouse in Albany. Sheriff Bruce Riley was appointed by the Board of Commissioners, but will have to run for office in November.

Along with Sheriff Bruce Riley’s appointment, there have been other openings created upon Sheriff Mueller’s retirement. Sheriff Bruce Riley announced several promotions within the Sheriff’s Office.

Jim Yon, a 20 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office, has been promoted to Undersheriff. Undersheriff Yon spent the last two years overseeing the Support Division, which includes Evidence Management, Records, 9-1-1 Dispatch and Information Technology. Prior to that, Jim spent his entire career in the Criminal Division serving in Patrol and Detectives. Sheriff Riley said, “Jim brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to this position and will do a fine job as second in command.” Jim and his wife, Angie, live in Sweet Home and have two children.

Don Messick, a 15 year veteran with the Sheriff’s Office, was promoted to Captain of the Support Division. Don is not new to the Support Division as he served as Staff Sergeant assisting in the budget process, communications management and 9-1-1 dispatch. Don and his wife, Monica, have four children and live in Harrisburg.

Lastly, Micah Smith, a veteran detective with the Sheriff’s Office has been promoted to Staff Sergeant within the Support Division. Micah has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 10 years and served in the Patrol Division before becoming a Computer Forensics Detective. Micah has a diverse background in computers, forensic data retrieval and crimes against children, specifically, child pornography detection and arrest. Micah and his wife, Jessica, live in Albany and have three children.