Sheriff Jason Myers
Marion County Sheriff's Office
P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97308-0710
About Sheriff Myers:
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Jason Myers is a native Oregonian who was born in Portland and raised in Salem. He is a graduate of McKay High School and Chemeketa Community College where he earned an Associates of Science Degree in Law Enforcement.
His career in Law Enforcement began at the age of 18 when he became a cadet with the Salem Police Department. Shortly after becoming a Salem Police cadet, he was hired by the Marion County Sheriff's Office as a summer Park Cadet, which began his career at this Office. After serving during the summers as a Cadet, he joined the Marion County Reserve Deputy Program. In September of 1990, he was hired as a full time Deputy Sheriff. During his career with the Sheriff's Office he served as a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Deputy, Judicial Security Deputy, School Resource Officer, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Detective Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant, Operations Division Commander, Undersheriff, and now Sheriff. Over his more than 22 years of service, he has helped to develop policies and procedures, helped craft strategic plans, negotiated union contracts, prepared the office budget, and provided leadership to all divisions of the Office, including Enforcement, Institutions,
Operations and Parole & Probation.
Sheriff Myers holds an Executive Police Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and has completed the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association Command College and the Salem Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Course. He serves on the Marion County Children and Families Commission, the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Govenor's Advisory Council on DUII, and Crisis Chaplaincy Services Board.
Sheriff Myers lives on a small farm outside of Stayton with his wife and two sons. They enjoy spending time as a family and doing outdoor activities such as sports, camping, hunting, fishing, and quad riding.
From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Marion County Sheriff's Office In Action
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Fall, 2013 – Crisis Outreach Response Team (CORT)
Update - The Marion County Sheriff’s Office
has been working to better address the issues
surrounding the volume of people with mental
illness having contact with our criminal justice
system. Many of these people find themselves
in crisis, often resulting in a law enforcement
contact. Several initiatives, including mental
health staff at the jail and Mental Health
Court, have been implemented to counter those
ever increasing numbers.
In late 2010, another step toward properly addressing
the issue was taken with the development
of the Crisis Outreach Response Team
(CORT). The goal of the team is to provide
outreach to mentally ill people who have
frequent contact with law enforcement and
whose mental illness may have contributed to
Recognizing the need for a commitment to this
team and its approach to this issue, in 2011 the
Sheriff’s Office applied for and received a U.S.
Department of Justice Community Oriented
Policing Services grant to fund a full-time
position for the CORT team. The final award
amount was $268,779, funding a deputy for
The team is currently comprised of a fulltime
Marion County deputy, a half-time
Salem police officer, and two mental health
professionals. CORT reviews incident reports
from law enforcement agencies throughout
Marion County and hopes to prevent future
law enforcement contact by engaging people
when they are not in crisis. In these situations,
the team can connect them to resources and
provide alternatives to the person’s dependence
on law enforcement should they experience a
mental health crisis in the future.
In 2012, our office was awarded a two year
Bureau of Justice Assistance Mental Health
Collaboration Program grant which provides
funding for additional resources for CORT.
Those resources include 12-hours per week of
clerical assistance for data collection, four hours
a week for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to
assess and prescribe medications, eight hours
a week of Alcohol and Drug Mentor time and
funding for medications, transportation and
other client needs. The award amount was
While CORT is a work in progress and is ever
evolving, the key to the team’s success thus far
has been and continues to be the cultivation
of relationships with resources and providers
in the community to break down barriers
and leverage existing resources to help mental
health consumers take full advantage of those