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


Winter, 2014 – The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office Semi- Annual Awards Ceremony was held on November 12, 2014. Over thirty awards were handed out and included a Distinguished Service Award, six Citations and a Community Service Award. Among several Lifesaving Awards presented, one in particular struck a chord with the audience in attendance. An MCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) member suffered a heart attack while out in the field searching for a lost hiker in the early hours of July 23, 2014, above Multnomah Falls. At the time of the emergency, the MCSO SAR team had just made voice contact with the lost hiker. The stricken SAR member was immediately tended to by his fellow SAR team members as they began performing the ABC’s (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation) and found he had no pulse. SAR members began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and requested an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) be brought to them. A member of the team also called out to the lost hiker and told him to stay where he was at as they worked on their fallen team member.

Throughout the incident, the 16-year-old MCSO SAR team leader communicated clearly to the command post as they continued CPR and worked to save him. An AED was relayed quickly up the trailhead from the command post. Emergency medical response was requested and Life Flight also responded to the area, staging at the Multnomah Falls parking lot off I-84 which was fortunately empty in the early morning hours.

SAR team members rotated performing CPR until the AED arrived. The AED was attached and performed two shock cycles, then several non-shock advisements to continue with CPR. Additional deputies arriving worked into the CPR rotation until American Medical Response and Corbett Fire personnel arrived and took over care of the subject, transporting him down to the waiting Life Flight helicopter. The SAR member was transported to the hospital and survived due to the team effort of everyone involved that morning. MCSO SAR members located the lost hiker and escorted him down from the trail once the team member was evacuated.

The SAR team member made a full recovery and has already been active on several searches since. MCSO SAR is an invaluable resource for the Sheriff’s Office and is made up entirely of volunteers. Their dedication and willingness to help others in the community truly embodies exemplary service for a safe, livable community.