Lincoln County Sheriff
Qualifications: Candidate must be a US Citizen, a registered voter, a resident of the district for one year prior to election and 21 years of age or older. Proof of certification or eligibility by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training must be provided to filing officer no later than 61 days prior to the election; exceptions may apply.Term: 4 years Salary: Varies by CountyIn Event of Vacancy: County governing body appoints qualified person to serve until successor is elected at next regular election.Duties: The County Sheriff typically provides civil, corrections, and law enforcement services for the county.
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What is the greatest law enforcement threat to the residents of this County, and is it being addressed correctly?
What have you done in your law enforcement career to prepare for the office of Sheriff?
What measures would you recommend to ensure prisoners' health and safety, including those with mental health and/or addiction issues?
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Lincoln County Sheriff 2016 to present. Over 33 years at the Sheriff's Office working Records/Property, Corrections, Patrol, and Administration.
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Executive, Management, Supervisory, Advanced, Intermediate, and Basic Police Certificates; FBI National Academy; Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Command College; DPSST Management, Supervisor, Corrections and Police Certification; over 3,000 hours of law enforcement/leadership training.
The greatest law enforcement threat to the County is adequate sustainable dedicated funding to address public safety needs. It is difficult to fund beneficial programs to address behavior health issues including substance abuse and crisis and still maintain adequate staffing to provide response to life threatening situations. To address this situation we rely on funding from other resources to strategically fund programs to have the largest impact on the criminal justice system.
I have worked over 33 years at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in many aspects including records/property; corrections; patrol; and administration. I have completed the FBI National Academy, the Oregon State Command College, and the DPSST Management, Executive, basic Corrections and Patrol academies. I have over 3000 hours of public safety training including leadership and strategic courses to address public safety in the 21st Century.
I would continue to address adults in custody behavior health issues with the proactive steps including programming, counseling, diversion programs and our COMET team to address behavior health issues before they become a crisis. One area we still need is to have access to a 24/7 crisis center. This was addressed as a priority and we will work to find funding to address this need. I am confident this will compliment our other programs very nicely and is very much needed in our community.
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