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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Spring, 2015 – The Sheriff’s Office welcomed three new deputies at the end of January. Deputy John Thiessen and Deputy Mat Tiller joined the patrol staff. Deputy Tiller moved over from corrections and Deputy Thiessen was promoted from the reserve deputy pool.

Joining the corrections staff was Deputy Nick Huelter who was promoted from reserve corrections deputy to full time corrections deputy.

The Sheriff’s Office has reached agreement with the City of Elgin to continue providing law enforcement and animal control services to the city. Sheriff Rasmussen worked closely with Mayor Duffy and the Elgin City Council in reaching the new agreement which runs through June 2018.

Sheriff’s deputies and search and rescue were mobilized to search for a 13-year old boy who became separated from his family while hunting shed antlers in the forest. The boy was found safe and unharmed in a cabin where he had taken shelter, and was reunited with his family. Sheriff Rasmussen greatly appreciates the time and effort put forth by the search and rescue teams and local citizens who volunteered their time.