I began my career with the Sheriff's Office in 2004 as a volunteer spending my time working in the jail. In 2005 I was hired full time to the corrections division and served as a corrections deputy until 2012 when I transferred to the patrol division.
As a corrections deputy I attended the Academy and obtained my basic certification. I worked all shifts over the years, performing a variety of duties associated with each shift, which included tasks such as transports, court security and the inmate worker program. I later attended the Field Training and Evaluation Program (FTEP) and in turn trained many new recruits in the jail. I became senior trainer over time and gained knowledge and experience in positive training and recruit development.
When I transferred to the patrol division, I again attended the Academy and gained my basic certification as a criminal deputy. I have since obtained my intermediate certification which is received through a combination of time served, training hours and college credits.
I was initially assigned to patrol the Sandlake Recreation Area, which is considered a contract position and is funded by partner agencies. I enjoyed building strong relationships with these partner agencies during my time as the Sandlake Deputy. I received a letter of commendation from the US Forest Service Law Enforcement Division for my part in a volatile situation that was resolved quickly and without further incident. I was very humbled by this recognition as it was presented to me at a regular Board of Commissioners meeting.
After four years of being in that role I chose to move back to regular patrol where I currently serve. As an experienced trainer I began training new recruits again and have become a senior trainer in this discipline as well. I take great pride in having the opportunity to train the next generation of high quality deputies that get to serve Tillamook County.
In the last couple of years, I have attended more than five weeks of training and shadow time to become a certified instructor in both Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) and Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVO). I am the only instructor in these two fields within the Sheriff's Office and I have enjoyed developing and providing training in those areas of skill.
My certification as an instructor in these two fields has led to me becoming a part time instructor at the Department of Public Safety and Standards (Police Academy). I now travel to Salem and take part in training new recruits from all over the state of Oregon. This has been an amazing experience getting to meet officers, troopers, and deputies from across the state and to have an opportunity to be a positive influence on them and their chosen career.
I am considered a senior deputy with the Tillamook County Sheriff's Office. I make myself available to new recruits and all staff when and if they need assistance with anything they may encounter. I respect and trust everyone I work with and I strive to support them and be there whenever it is needed. I have a reputation for being a fair but firm deputy and have always extended respect and fairness to everyone....these is a crucial character traits that I believe are necessary to being a great leader.
I am always open to questions or clarification on my experience and I look forward to the opportunity to having discussions.