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Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff Winter 2016 – Wow, where did the year 2016 go? At this time of year, we always look back and see what we have accomplished or what we wished we would have accomplished in the past year. As I write this, we have just returned […]

2016 OSSA Annual Conference and Awards Banquet

The Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association hosted the 2016 Annual Conference in Bend, Oregon, held December 4-8, 2016 at the Bend Riverhouse Hotel and Convention Center. There were approximately 260 Sheriffs and law enforcement professionals in attendance, along with 83 vendors, their equipment and personnel to staff their booth. During the election of officers, Washington County […]

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police Support a New Approach to Drug Possession Crimes

Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police recognize that every community and most of our citizens are touched in one way or another by the damaging impacts of drug addiction. We understand that it ruins lives, breaks hearts, burdens families and robs our communities of individuals with potential. Too often, individuals with addiction issues find their […]

Matt English, Hood River County

Matt was raised in Sherman County in the Columbia River Gorge. His dad Ray was the district attorney from 1970-1998 and his mother Mary was a speech therapist until Matt was born. His brother John was born when Matt was four. Matt graduated from Sherman Union High School and attended Southern Oregon University, where he […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff September 2016 — became involved with the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association (OSSA) in December of 1997. At that time I was the undersheriff of Malheur County. I quickly learned the value and importance of this great organization. The reasons to be involved are many, but I believe the […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Retired Curry County Sheriff September 2016 — The events over the last couple of months have been extremely troubling, and the division in our country seems to be spreading. The reason it is so troubling, in my opinion, is that it’s truly based upon false information, lies, fear, and […]

Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial

On May 3rd, law enforcement from around the Northwest and Canada participated in the Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony held at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Academy. Governor Kate Brown and Dianne Bernhard, Executive Director of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) both spoke during the ceremony. The sheriffs from around the […]

Bruce Riley, Linn County

Bruce Riley was appointed Linn County Sheriff on January 1, 2014, following the retirement of former Sheriff Tim Mueller. On November 4, 2014 he was elected to his four-year term. One of his proudest moments was on January 5, 2015 when he was sworn in as the 39th Sheriff of Linn County by his father, […]

Message from the President

Brian Wolfe, OSSA President & Malheur County Sheriff July, 2016 — Over the last few years, we have observed that community trust in law enforcement is strained. This strain has come about for many reasons; some are just and many are unjust. Often social media, YouTube, television, etc., delivers a false sense of what the actual […]

Message from OSSA Executive Director

John Bishop, OSSA Executive Director & Curry County Sheriff July, 2016 — Members, as we head into summer of this very busy and fast-moving year, I want to update you on what is happening at OSSA. Many of you may not get to see the inner workings of OSSA. Our mission is to promote, protect, preserve, […]

2017 Oregon Sheriffs’ Annual Conference

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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.

Sincerely,
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Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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