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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.