Occupation: Four years Morrow County Sheriff
Occupational Background: 25 years Oregon State Police, Trooper, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Assistant Station Commander, Outpost Commander. Four years Private Investigator including 3 1/2 years Contract Investigator with Oregon Department of Corrections. Two years public School Teacher at Powder Valley High School, North Powder Oregon
Educational Background: Graduated Umatilla High School, 2 years BMCC Pendleton and graduated Eastern Oregon State College La Grande 1971 with BS in Education; Graduate Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command; Graduate of DEA's School on Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Law Enforcement
Prior Governmental Experience: Arlington City Council and Planning Commission, Arlington School Board, Gilliam County Budget Committee, Irrigon City Council, Morrow County School Board, Morrow County Health District and Irrigon Cemetery District
Since elected Sheriff I have initiated the following:
- Re-negotiated the jail contract saving money and allowing more criminals to go to jail
- The Sheriff and Undersheriff are in uniform and in the field almost every day. We take calls for service, investigate complaints, make arrests and provide assistance to the deputies
- Significantly reduced graffiti and deputies participate in the County Gang Taskforce
- Initiated animal control dealing with many unwanted, abused and neglected animals
Go to www.aworkingsheriff.com for more
I believe in rural policing. In small populated rural counties like Morrow County, you are much more likely to be dealing with neighbors, acquaintances and friends. These are people that may live near you, you go shopping with, and you see on a regular basis. People expect to know you and how you deal with people is quickly known. It's about respect and service. You use a big stick only when you have to.
Please re-elect Ken Matlack, Morrow County's "Working Sheriff".
(This information furnished by Kenneth W Matlack.)