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


Fall, 2014 – The Multnomah County Sheriff ’s Office (MCSO) along with the City of Wood Village, introduced a new Citizen SPOT Award program this summer. The award is presented to residents for random acts of kindness, youth leadership, obeying certain laws, or for assisting the Sheriff ’s Office. MCSO deputies can issue the award when they observe a positive action. The recipient can turn the document in to Wood Village City Hall for a certificate and reward.

The Wood Village SPOT Award was inspired by the Rosewood “Safety Bucks” program introduced in November 2013, after an MCSO deputy wanted to reward positive actions of children he observed during patrols in the Rosewood area. Once given to a youth by the deputy or officer, the safety bucks are able to be redeemed at the Rosewood Café for a prize from a pool donated by local businesses. The award programs give MCSO deputies an opportunity to contact individuals and have a positive, encouraging interaction.

Multnomah County Sheriff ’s Office deputies participated in several community events this summer. MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers and MCSO reserves assisted during the events and staffed an MCSO booth providing information on the MCSO SAR program and MCSO. The MCSO SWAT team conducted a demonstration and Deputy Weber and his K9 Varro demonstrated their skills during City Nite Out activities in Wood Village and Corbett.

MCSO River Patrol displayed a new addition to the river patrol fleet this year and participated in the first “Let’s Prepare Fair” during the Sauvie Island Watermelon festival providing safety demonstrations and boater safety information.

In late June, corrections and sustainability professionals gathered at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail as part of a regional summit to learn about and share ideas around sustainability efforts occurring within jails and prisons. The summit was co-organized by MCSO and the Multnomah County Office of Sustainability and made possible by generous support from the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) Network and the National Science Foundation.

Presentations highlighted ongoing jail and prison sustainability efforts, while an open-discussion panel delved into logistics including funding, action planning, media relations and building partnerships. Topics of discussion included using nature imagery to improve safety, gardening and farming at jails and prisons, and ways of improving nutrition and health outcomes for inmates. In addition to MCSO and the Office of Sustainability, attendees came from agencies across the state, local nonprofits and members of the SPP Network.