1988 Recruit Class

With over 30 years of experience at the Sheriff’s Office it’s been my honor to be part of developing an amazing, effective team of professionals to protect all who live, work and visit Washington County. Those professionals do excellent, challenging work and I admire and appreciate their sacrifices. Together, we maintain a highly professional focus, reinforced by our commitment to meet high industry standards in law enforcement and jail operations to include:

  • International accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our most recent inspection earned the Accreditation with Excellence Award under the more rigorous Gold Star assessment process. We are one of only three CALEA accredited agencies in Oregon.
  • Accreditation of Jail health care by the National Commission on Corrections Health Care.
  • Compliance with Oregon Jail Standards Program inspections. Earlier this year our Jail team earned a 100% passing rate on all standards, which number over 300.
  • In January, 2020, our Forensics Science Unit earned accreditation by the ANSI National Accreditation Board in latent print examination and crime scene investigation.

About Pat Garrett

My college studies in Ecuador, as well as military service in Europe and the Middle East instilled in me an enormous appreciation for diverse cultures and people; guiding my community-focused approach to leading the Sheriff’s Office. We maintain a safer community by engaging with the public we serve. I work with leaders of community based organizations such as Centro Cultural and the Muslim Educational Trust. I visit senior centers, community participation organizations, faith communities and I am honored to discuss current safety and cultural issues with the county’s Washington County Civic Leaders Project team. Several times each year I welcome students to our high school career day. I recently co-hosted two youth dinners to deepen trusting relationships with our kids. This work is important to stay connected to our wonderful and varied people who comprise our community, and helps me understand their priorities.

Washington County Law Enforcement Experience

  • Sheriff for eight years of the 2nd most populated county in Oregon.
  • Undersheriff with oversight for all Office operations in all divisions, including Patrol, Investigations, Services, Jail, and Executive Administration.
  • Chief Deputy responsible for budget, recruitment, training and professional standards.
  • Commander; Patrol and Jail divisions where I established command climate and clear professional expectations.
  • Lieutenant, in charge of West Patrol Operations.
  • Prior to being promoted to a command officer (Lieutenant) I also served in every lower-level rank at the Sheriff’s Office (Sergeant, Corporal and Deputy), and served on the Tactical Negotiations Team (SWAT) and as a narcotics investigator.

Other Leadership Experience and Training

  • Retired from the US Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel after 25 years with service in Europe and deployed to Iraq where I led provincial reconstruction efforts to rebuild government and non-profit community services.
  • Certified by the Oregon Department of Public Standards and Training (DPSST) Basic, Intermediate, Supervisor, Advanced and Executive Levels.
  • DPSST certification in Police and Corrections.
  • Member, Governor’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, which addresses state policy around drug addiction prevention, treatment and recovery.
  • Member, Washington County Public Safety Coordinating Council.
  • Member, Major County Sheriffs of America.
  • Oregon State Sheriff’s Association committees to include Budget and Legislature.
  • Past President, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.
  • Past member, DPSST Police Policy Committee which reviews police misconduct cases to decide whether the law enforcement officer can remain certified in Oregon.
  • Past member, Washington County Homeless Planning Advisory Committee.
  • Past member, Corrections Health Care Costs Legislative Workgroup (Senate Bill 843).

About Pat Garrett


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Spanish, Oregon State University.
  • Master’s in Public Administration (with Director’s Achievement Award), Portland State University.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
  • Oregon State Sheriffs Association Command College.
  • John F. Kennedy School, Seminar for State and Local Leaders, Harvard.


Along the way I have been honored to earn the appreciation of people and organizations I admire and respect.

  • 2017 Community Champion Award, Centro Cultural.
  • 2016 Friends of the Muslim Educational Trust Award.
  • 2015 Sheriff of The Year, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.
  • United States Army Bronze Star Medal, Provincial Reconstruction Team, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Rashid District, Iraq.
  • Medal of Valor, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.

About Pat Garrett


  • Washington County has been a wonderful home to me, my wife of over 30 years, and our two grown children, and I intend to keep our county safe into our future.
  • Growing up, my mother taught me my first lessons in service by brining me to walk with her for March of Dimes fundraisers. My father owned his own business and taught me the value of hard work and fairness.
  • Early in our relationship, I learned my wife gives excellent advice that I and our kids greatly rely on.
  • In my twenty-five years in the United States Army and Army Reserve I learned sound leadership makes any team goal attainable. I will never forget the many talented Soldiers, coalition partners, and citizens from other countries I was fortunate to work with and learn from.
  • My life’s experience taught me diversity makes communities and organizations stronger, more compassionate and smarter, while making us better problem solvers.


In addition to faith and family, my top values:

  • Integrity; a requirement of trust and relationship-building in our community and on the Sheriff’s Office team.
  • Fairness; a quality which underpins our justice system and how we should treat others.
  • Teamwork; nothing brings me more satisfaction than team success because we do our best work when people come together to accomplish something important, which is common at your Sheriff’s Office. Life-Long Learning is a critical part of team-building and continuously improving how we keep our community safe.

Thank you!

About Pat Garrett