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


Summer, 2014 – A new Sheriff’s Office team hit the ground running this spring. The Green Hornet Wilderness Law Enforcement Services and Trail Rescue Team “Green Hornets” is a small team of sworn law enforcement members who are physically fit endurance athletes experienced with hiking, and trail running. The team also completed advanced search and rescue training and now serves as an on-call resource for MCSO Search and Rescue. The team helps reduce initial response time in searches for lost or missing hikers in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and other wilderness areas.

In April, the Green Hornets helped locate a lost father and son on a trail near Lewis and Clark State Park. The Green Hornets used GPS data obtained from the cell phone of the father to determine the nearest trail entrance point. The Hornets hit the trail running and located the lost father and son near the coordinates obtained. Both were in good condition and were escorted safely off of the trails. The rapid deployment of the Green Hornets helped locate the pair before dark. The ability of the team to “hit the ground running” shortened the response time and brought this search to a happy conclusion quickly and safely.

The Green Hornets also provide an additional active patrol resource at major trailhead parking areas. Team members provide hikers written hiking safety educational materials, talk to citizens about trail safety and provide an additional law enforcement presence to deter property crime and provide enforcement services at difficult to reach wilderness areas.

Sheriff’s Office jail facility lobby kiosks went online in March 2014, and now allow visitors to deposit monies to inmate accounts through the kiosk or TouchPay’s website for commissary and phone accounts. Video/visiting kiosks are currently being tested and once live, will allow visiting to have expanded hours and days. Family and friends will visit through kiosks in the lobby of the facility for free or remotely visit from home for a fee.

Partnerships such as these increase operational efficiencies and mitigate the increasing costs of managing these services.

MCSO raised $74,923.26 for Special Olympics Oregon as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) this past year which was the most for any law enforcement agency in the State of Oregon. An LETR committee formed recently at MCSO actively works to promote and recruit MCSO staff for volunteer opportunities and participation in LETR fundraisers for Special Olympics Oregon.