Incumbent Pat Garrett has won a third full term as Washington County Sheriff with nearly 70% of the vote in his election against Sgt. Red Wortham, unofficial voting results Tuesday, May 19, show.
Garrett has spent his entire 32-year law enforcement career with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, becoming sheriff in November 2011. He was unopposed in 2012 and 2016.
Wortham is a deputy working at the Washington County Jail.
Garrett said Tuesday night he looks forward to continuing to serve Washington County residents.
"I am relieved by the outcome of the sheriff's race," Garrett said. "That voters saw fit to continue my service, and I'm just honored by that support. I look forward to working with our team for another four years."
Garrett will continue overseeing more than 400 uniformed officers and almost 200 other staff. Only the Portland Police Bureau and Multnomah County sheriff employ more uniformed officers in the metro area.
"I want to build on our success in maintaining high professional standards, increasing community trust, and making Washington County the safest major urban county in Oregon," Garrett said before the election.
Since 2004, the Sheriff's Office has won recognition from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The others in Oregon are Albany and Corvallis police.
While Garrett has been sheriff, the office has created two mental health teams — each one consisting of a deputy and a clinician — to help deputies and city police respond to people in crisis.
Garrett also sits on the state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission.
He is also an Iraq War veteran who spent 25 years in the U.S. Army.
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