Union County

Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen

Union County Sheriff's Office
1109 K Ave
La Grande, OR 97850

tel: 541-963-1017
fax: 541-963-1023
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About Sheriff Rasmussen:

Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen was elected and began serving in 2005 as the Union County Sheriff, replacing retiring Sheriff Stephen Oliver.

Sheriff Rasmussen brings his ability to work with people to solve common problems in his role as Sheriff. He began his law enforcement career at Sheriff's Office in 1996 while completing a business/economics degree at Eastern Oregon University.

"Running a Sheriff's Office is like running a business. In order to be successful in operating the patrol, corrections, and civil functions of a Sheriff's Office, adequate funding and strong fiscal management are critically necessary." The Sheriff has established strong working relationships with the County Commissioners, which has led to a strong commitment to adequately fund the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Rasmussen has a firm belief that law enforcement has to be fair. "How you treat employees is an indication of how you'll treat the public," he says. "If your employees feel they're treated fairly, that will carry through to the public." The Sheriff's Office employees strive to deliver the highest level of law enforcement service to the citizens of Union County.

The Sheriff appreciates the lifestyle Eastern Oregon offers. "I grew up in this fine community, and I'm committed in working to keep it that way." Boyd and his wife have six children; four daughters and two sons.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Union County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Winter, 2014 – In October, the Sheriff’s Office bid a fond farewell to Sergeant Dave Nafziger. Sergeant Nafziger joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2009, after retiring from the Oregon State Police with 25 years of service. As Captain Ward said at his retirement party, “Sergeant Nafziger started in law enforcement before some of our current deputies were born.”

The Sheriff’s Office once again had a team participate in the 12 Hour Drug Free Relay. It’s for a great cause with all funds going to support youth drug and alcohol prevention in our county.

After an extensive investigation, deputies arrested Roy Horn on charges of Rape 1 and Sex Abuse 1 on October 16th. The investigation began after deputies were alerted by a concerned citizen, who had noticed some strange behaviors.

Sheriff Rasmussen received donated computer laptops to replace old and non-functioning units in the patrol vehicles. This will enhance efficiency for the deputies in the field and allow them to better serve the citizens within the county.