Conservators of the Peace

OSSA Officers / Executive Committee


Sheriff Pat Garrett, Washington County

Sheriff Matt EnglishVice-President 

Sheriff Matt English, Hood River County

CraigRobertsSecretary –

Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County

2017 OSSA Executive Committee

Sheriff Tom Bergin, Clatsop County

Sheriff Gary Bettencourt, Gilliam County

Sheriff Matt English, Hood River County

Sheriff Pat Garrett, Washington County

Sheriff Chris Humphreys, Wheeler County

Sheriff Ken Matlack, Morrow County

Sheriff Jason Myers, Marion County

Sheriff Bruce Riley, Linn County

Sheriff Craig Roberts, Clackamas County

Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Malheur County

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Message from the OSSA President

washington-pat-garrettAs the newly elected president, I am honored to represent all 36 Oregon sheriffs.

The sheriff has historically been the chief executive officer of the county, and this is still true under Oregon law. Elected by you and answering directly to the voters, your sheriff can be an effective voice of the people in the serious work of protecting the community. OSSA enables us to work together to serve you best.

By way of introduction, I am in my second term as the Washington County Sheriff, where deputies serve over a half million residents across 727 square miles of rural areas, urban communities, and cities. Our deputies also operate the only county jail. While Oregon counties are diverse in terms of climate, population, and economic drivers, your sheriffs work together to solve problems and challenges that we have in common.

The sheriffs of America have always played a significant role in the history of our nation; in fact, the office of Sheriff was the first county office established in the United States. Also, the first person to read the Declaration of Independence publicly was Philadelphia Sheriff John Nixon in Pennsylvania in 1776.

I look forward to working together to strengthen the office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve. Thank you for your continued support of the men and women on shift every day to keep our diverse and proud communities safe.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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