I will serve and protect you, your family, and our community, as the next Deschutes County Sheriff.
During my time with DCSO I have had the honor of holding a number of assignments, giving me a broad range of experience and perspective. I was a Field Training Officer for both Corrections and the Patrol Divisions, training newly hired Deputy Sheriff’s. I served as both a Criminal and Street Crimes Detective. I also served as Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, and Public Information Officer (PIO), Patrol Lieutenant, City of Sisters Station Lieutenant, and Administrative Lieutenant.
I earned an Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, and am a graduate of the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI), Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College, Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association New Sheriff Institute and the DPSST Detective Academy. I am also trained on Crisis Intervention (CIT). Throughout my career, I have maintained a commitment to continuing education and training, having logged 3,108.25 hours, and counting.
I currently serve as Captain over Patrol Division, overseeing all patrol operations, three substations, City of Sisters and La Pine contracts, Records Unit, Civil Unit, Honor Guard, and Peer Support.
Additional past and present community work I am proud of includes:
* Opioid Crisis Response Task Force (Central Oregon Overdose Prevention and Response Coalition)
* Deschutes County Domestic Violence Council
* Core 3 Executive Council, and Management Team
* Public Partners Roundtable Technical Work Group
* Safe Schools Alliance
* Adult Threat Assessment Team
* Veterans Intervention Strategies
* Deschutes Trails Coalition, Steering Committee
* Tri-County Major Incident Team, Detective
* Central Oregon Emergency Information Network, member
* OSSA Enforcement Command Council
* Leadership Bend, Class of 2024
* Active member of the Rotary Club of Bend
* Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, board member
* Former coach youth T-Ball
Law enforcement plays a central role in fixing our homeless crisis. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office deputies are on the front line of directing the homeless population to find treatment, counseling and housing options that are safer for them and for the rest of the community. The authoring and passing of the ban of public camping on Deschutes County land was the first significant step. There is much more we need to do to keep our communities and forests safe and fire-free. One of my top priorities is to work with the U.S. Forest Service and our congressional delegation to step up enforcement on public lands in Deschutes County.
There’s more traffic moving faster than ever in Deschutes County. I am standing up a team of deputies focused primarily on traffic enforcement so that we can keep our roads and highways safe. As Patrol Captain, I have been working over the last year to lay the groundwork for a Traffic Safety Team. Recently, I assigned a supervisor to oversee the team and I will have a full Traffic Safety Team on day one of my administration.
Deschutes County, like other parts of Oregon, has seen a surge of hard drug use and the problems that come with it, from homelessness to overdoses to violence. I am committed to focusing the Sheriff's Office efforts on combating the scourge of deadly drugs in our county by targeting the predators and dealers that plague our neighborhoods. Over the past year, we have already increased budgeted detective positions to expand our efforts to intercept these deadly drugs being brought into our communities and schools.
Deschutes is Different:
We cannot allow Deschutes County to become like other metropolitan counties, and a proactive, engaged and focused Sheriff's Office is crucial to that effort. When people do illegal things, they must face punishment, and that process starts with law enforcement. We have seen what happens to places that go easy on crime – they get more crime. As Sheriff, I will deliver to the people of Deschutes County a highly professional, well-trained, innovative group of law enforcement professionals dedicated to protecting families and preserving what is special about Deschutes County.
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