ORS 206.010
General duties of sheriff

The sheriff is the chief executive officer and conservator of the peace of the county. In the execution of the office of sheriff, it is the sheriff’s duty to:


Arrest and commit to prison all persons who break the peace, or attempt to break it, and all persons guilty of public offenses.


Defend the county against those who, by riot or otherwise, endanger the public peace or safety.


Execute the process and orders of the courts of justice or of judicial officers, when delivered to the sheriff for that purpose, according to law.


Execute all warrants delivered to the sheriff for that purpose by other public officers, according to law.


Attend, upon call, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Oregon Tax Court, circuit court, justice court or county court held within the county, and to obey its lawful orders or directions. [Amended by 1985 c.339 §1]

Notes of Decisions

When state statute mandates service and requires counties to provide funding for it, but does not specify service level, amount of funding or alternative method of determining amount of funding, statute necessarily leaves at least budgetary decision over amount of funding to county governing bodies. Burks v. Lane County, 72 Or App 257, 695 P2d 1373 (1985)

Sheriff does not have authority to enter into security services agreement with private company. Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Klamath County, 151 F3d 996 (9th Cir. 1998)


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Jun. 26, 2021