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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Summer, 2014 – Two Reserve Corrections Deputies have been promoted to full time positions. Cody Billman has worked as a Corrections Reserve for over a year and Matt Tiller has been a Reserve for 10 months. Erica Rush was hired to fill the Support Specialist position in the Jail. Erica came to us via South Dakota. We are happy to have all three of them on board!

The Sheriff’s Office is in negotiations with the La Grande School District to fund a full time School Resource Deputy at the La Grande High School. The contract would be for three years. The deputy would work in the schools throughout the school year and work as the Marine Patrol deputy during the summer months.

Sheriff Rasmussen is working with officials from the Oregon Department of Transportation to bring a Traffic Safety Program to Union County. The program would include driver education for new drivers, child safety seat inspections and bike safety.