Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen
Union County Sheriff's Office
1109 K Ave
La Grande, OR 97850
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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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Union County Sheriff's Office Patrol Deputies
Union County Sheriff's Office Office K9 Team
Union County Sheriff's Office Marine Deputy
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Fall, 2014 – A contract was finalized with the La Grande
School District to have a Deputy Sheriff work as a
full time School Resource Officer. Deputy Cody
Bowen was selected to fill the position. One of
Deputy Bowen’s first tasks will be reviewing the
school emergency plans and working with school
officials and the La Grande Police Department to
ensure the program is up to date.
Justin Armstrong was hired as a full time Patrol
Deputy to fill a vacant patrol slot. Justin has
worked as both a patrol and corrections reserve
and completed the Reserve Academy. He will be
attending the police academy starting
Deputies were involved in a high speed pursuit
in August. Sergeant Dave Nafziger stopped to
assist what he believed was a disabled vehicle.
At his approach, the driver started the car and
fled. Deputies pursued the car up Hwy 244, the
Tollgate Highway, into Umatilla County. The
driver turned off the main road onto a dirt road
where deputies were able to get the car stopped and
take the driver into custody without incident. He
was lodged in the Union County Jail on charges
of Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, Reckless
Endangering and two Umatilla County warrants.
In July, deputies responded to a stabbing on Hot
Lake Lane. Upon arrival they found the suspect
sitting in a chair in the yard. Inside the home, both
homeowners had suffered numerous stab wounds.
Deputies determined that the suspect first attacked
the female homeowner. When her husband came
into the house and tried to intervene, the suspect
began stabbing him. The wife then ran to the
bedroom, got a baseball bat, and began hitting
the suspect. He eventually fled outside and they
were able to lock the doors and call 911. The
suspect was taken into custody and remains jailed
at the Union County Jail. Both homeowners have
recovered from their wounds and have returned to
The jail began using new jail management
software in August. While there are still some
kinks and bugs to be worked out, overall the staff
is very pleased with the new software and are
finding it to be very user friendly.