Sheriff Daniel Staton
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
501 SE Hawthorne, Suite 350
Portland, OR 97214
About Sheriff Staton:
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Sheriff Daniel W. Staton was born in California and moved to Oregon shortly thereafter. He attended Portland's Rose City Park Elementary School and graduated from Madison High School in 1977. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1978. Upon completing his Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, he was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington. He was honorably discharged in 1982. During his service in the USAF, he earned the Commendation Medal as well as Medals for Meritorious Service, Humanitarian Service and Good Conduct. He continued to serve his country from 1983 to 1989 in the Air National Guard in Massachusetts as well as Portland, Oregon. While with the Massachusetts Air National Guard he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from the Air National Guard in 1989.
Sheriff Staton attended Middlesex Community College where he earned an associates degree in Business Administration. He continued his education at Salem State College where he graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance. He returned to Portland in 1987 and went to work for Automated Office Systems, a subsidiary of ALCO Standard, where he was employed as an Assistant Controller then as their Regional Inventory Manager.
In 1989, Sheriff Staton was hired by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. During his 20 years of service with MCSO he has served in leadership roles as a Lieutenant with the Training Unit for law enforcement, corrections and civilian staff; and managed the countywide exclusion process per Executive Order 122. In this role, he also coordinated certification and training with DPSST, procured offensive and defensive tools for the agency and established specialized training for staff in critical assignments.
As a Sergeant he provided leadership on the HAZMAT/Drug Lab Response Team, on the Search and Rescue Team, on the Dive Rescue Team and as an Internal Affairs Investigator. He was also a Sergeant for the Law Enforcement Division and in Court Services, which provide security for the Downtown Courthouse, the Donald E. Long Juvenile Justice facility as well as security operations for 5 other facilities including Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) and Inverness Jail (MCIJ). His experience has included staff management, planning and research, budget development, statistical analysis, writing and administration of grant programs, monitoring and updating agency procedures as well as supervising River Patrol operations for both the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. He has supervised shift operations, provided contract services for the cities of Maywood Park and Wood Village and acted as a Community Liaison and Resource Officer for the cities of Springdale and Corbett. Staton was also the Sheriff's Office representative to Commissioner Serena Cruz-Walsh's' Eastside Charter Team which focused on budget analysis and the restructuring of Eastside patrol coverage.
Staton has received commendations and/or citations as part of the Special Unit Hazardous Materials Team 3 by the City of Gresham (2007), a Unit Citation as part of the Special Investigations Unit/Clandestine Lab Team (2005); a MCSO letter of Commendation (2001); a MCSO Unit Citation as part of the Dive Rescue/Recovery Team (2000); another MCSO Letter of Commendation (1999); was given the "National Police Officer of the Year" Award by the Portland American Indian Community for his work on Cultural Sensitivity and Promoting Cultural Awareness (1998); was presented with the MCSO Sheriff's Award for Outstanding Service (1997); was given the MCSO Community Service Award and the Oregon State Sheriff's Association (OSSA) "Life Saving" Award (1995); and, in 1993 was awarded with the iconic "Medal of Valor" Award which has been awarded approximately 14 times in the 155 year history of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. He is considered to be one of the most decorated members of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Staton was named the Assistant Sheriff in September 2009 and sworn as interim Sheriff November 5, 2009 and elected to his four year term in 2010.
From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office In Action
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Fall, 2013 – A new Sheriff’s Office law enforcement program is hitting the ground running this
summer in the Columbia River Gorge National
Scenic Area and other wilderness locations
in Multnomah County. The Hornet Trail
Rescue Team (Trail Hornets) is a small team of
Law Enforcement Division members who are
physically fit endurance athletes experienced
with hiking, and trail running. The team has
completed advanced search and rescue skill
training in preparation for activation and is
now available for deployment.
The Trail Hornets are designed to be an on-call
resource for the MCSO Search and Rescue
(SAR) Unit. Their ability to immediately respond
to locations and quickly begin traversing
trails will enable a more immediate response to
lost and/or missing hiker calls in the Columbia
River Gorge National Scenic Area as well as
other wilderness areas often frequented by local
citizens and tourists. The Trail Hornets will
provide an additional active patrol resource at
the major trailhead parking areas. Duties will
include providing hikers with written hiking
safety educational materials, talking to citizens
about trail safety planning while providing
auxiliary law enforcement capacity to impact
property crime and incidents requiring enforcement
action at difficult-to-reach wilderness
This rapid deployment may save significant
response time which will increase the opportunity
to locate a lost or possibly injured
person on the trail quickly before darkness sets
in. This can also reduce the time and expenses
associated with deploying SAR resources to the
field depending on the location and availability
of SAR personnel when the call was received.
The Trail Hornets will complement the regular
response of MCSO’s very effective and successful
MCSO Search and Rescue Unit.
MCSO Inmate Work Crews remained active
this summer assisting at several community
events such as the Hawthorne Beach Clean Up,
Columbia Slough Regatta and Sand in the City,
in addition to their regular contract work duties.
An MCSO deputy supervises and directs
MCSO inmate work crews as they give back to
the community in a positive way while serving
their sentences and learning basic work ethics
and labor skills.
Inmate work crews harvested the first crops
from the Inverness Jail raised garden beds over
the summer. Sheriff Staton was on hand with
other dignitaries and picked the first vegetables
from the garden to kickoff the harvest as part
of the Sustainable Jail Project. Inmate programs
being offered within the jails were also featured
as part of the event presentation.