Multnomah County

Sheriff Daniel Staton Sheriff Daniel Staton

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
501 SE Hawthorne, Suite 350
Portland, OR 97214

tel: 503-988-4300
fax: 503-988-4316
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About Sheriff Staton:

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


Spring, 2014 – The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Special Investigations Unit Dangerous Drug Team played an integral role as part of a cooperative investigative effort with local, state and federal partners over the latter half of 2013. The investigation focused on white supremacist gangs’ criminal activity and culminated in the arrest of more than forty suspects in December.

The individuals arrested were responsible for a significant amount of crime in the tri-county area including: armed robberies, home invasions, firearms trafficking, witness intimidation (including kidnapping and assaulting people they believed might testify against them), identity theft, drug dealing, car theft, and other crimes that affect the livability of Multnomah County and the Metro area.

Over twenty search warrants were executed during the investigation. These resulted in the seizure of over 70 firearms including fully automatic weapons (some equipped with silencers), explosives, more than seven pounds of methamphetamine, approximately $50,000 cash, body armor, multiple stolen cars, reams of identity theft profiles, stolen bicycles, stolen musical instruments, stolen mail and stolen UPS packages. Many of those arrested in the operation were high level members of these gangs who played significant roles in organizing and masterminding criminal activity in the tri-county area.

On January 11, 2014, MCSO inmate work crews were out at the historic Zimmerman House located in east Portland as part of continuing efforts to restore the Zimmerman house and grounds. MCSO was assisted by inmate work crews from Clackamas, Washington and Marion County Sheriff’s Offices as they worked to improve the grounds around the Zimmerman House, and completed several projects for the Fairview- Rockwood-Wilkes Historical Society.

The Zimmerman House is a turn of the century farmhouse located on 5.98 acres; a remnant parcel of the original dairy farmstead that at one time extended over 600 acres of reclaimed bottom land along the Columbia River. The historic Zimmerman House and 1.58 acres of historical property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1986.

MCSO added a new addition to their River Patrol fleet as a 30’ Munson PackCat was delivered. The purchase of the new vessel was primarily funded through a grant from Homeland Security. The addition of this boat to the River Patrol fleet will bring added regional support capabilities for Dive Rescue operations along with support for Homeland Security missions, regional SWAT and tactical units, and All Hazard response to manmade or natural disasters in the region.