Sheriff ​L. Shane NelsonSheriff_Nelson.jpg

Sheriff Nelson has been in law enforcement in Oregon for more than 22 years.  The Deschutes County Commissioners unanimously appointed Nelson as the 9th Sheriff of Deschutes County in July 2015 to replace the retiring Sheriff Larry Blanton. He was born and raised in Bend and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1988.  After graduating from Oregon State University in 1993 he moved back to Bend.  Lisa, his wife of 16 years grew up in Maupin.  They have four children.

 

Sheriff Nelson is an active member of the community; as Sheriff of Deschutes County, he serves on the Board of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association; Vice Chair of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Chair of the Finance Subcommittee; serves on the Board of Oregon Accreditation Alliance; he serves on the Board of Directors for Pilot Butte Partners and has served on the Board of Directors for the Redmond School District.  He serves on the Deschutes County Shared Future Coalition.  Sheriff Nelson is the past Director of the Redmond Youth Football Program and has coached youth soccer and basketball for the Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District. He is a past member of the Redmond Development Commission Safety Stakeholder Committee, as well as, a past member of the Redmond Executive Association.

 

CAREER

  • 1993 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Reserve Deputy
  • 1994 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Patrol Deputy Sheriff
  • 1999 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Corporal
  • 2001 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Detective
  • 2003 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Patrol Sergeant
  • 2006 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Patrol Lieutenant
  • 2010 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Administrative Lieutenant
  • 2012 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Operations Division Commander
  • 2013 – Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Corrections Division Commander
  • 2015 – July 1, 2015 - Sheriff of Deschutes County

 

EDUCATION

  • 1993 – Oregon State University, B. S. Speech Communication

 

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

  • Department of Public Safety and Standards Training – Executive Certificate
  • Department of Public Safety and Standards Training – Middle Mgt. Course
  • Mark Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University-“Supervision in the Public Sector”
  • Graduate of Class #2 Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College
  • Graduate of the 2012 Leadership Bend Class

 

AVOCATION

  • Family outings, skiing, hunting, hiking and fishing.