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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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 in September.

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 their home.

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.