The Gilliam County Sheriff's Office is comprised of:
- Office/Civil Deputy
- Inmate Work Crew Supervisor
The Sheriff is entrusted with the protection of his constituents through the enforcement of laws, protecting the United States Constitution and its Amendments. At all times he represents the entire community and is always impartial to any political party or special interests. He is always conscious of promoting a positive image of government and the Office of Sheriff.
Sheriff Bettencourt began his law enforcement career with Gilliam County serving as a Reserve Deputy, Deputy, Undersheriff and appointed Sheriff in June 2005 finishing the term of Sheriff Parker who retired. He was then elected to the Office of Sheriff and began his first term in January, 2007.
Sheriff Bettencourt is a board member of, Frontier Regional 911, Tri-County Corrections, 911, Community Counseling Solutions, NORCOR, Suicide Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) and serves as the Vice President for the Oregon State Sheriff's Association for 2013.
The Sheriff manages a narcotics detection K-9 program and the inmate work crew program and is responsible for many things including the 911 center, parole & probation, search and rescue, NORCOR, 911 funds, emergency management, and law enforcement services to the City of Arlington.
The Sheriff’s Office currently employs 5 full time deputies, a civil deputy, a reserve deputy, a full time inmate work crew supervisor, and a part time work crew supervisor.
The Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office has continued to grow in professionalism, consistency, fairness and efficiency for the betterment of all the citizens in Gilliam County.
The Gilliam County Sheriff’s responsibilities include:
- Parole and Probation
- NORCOR inmates
- Law Enforcement Services for the City of Arlington
- 911 Director
- Emergency Management Director
- Execute civil services
- Execute arrest warrants
- Supervise inmate work crew
- Traffic safety
- Court Security
- Preventing and solving crime
- Search and Rescue
The Sheriff's Office patrols a total of 1,223 square miles. Prisoners for Gilliam County are lodged at NORCOR at The Dalles. NORCOR is comprised of Gilliam, Sherman, Hood River and Wasco Counties.
The Sheriff of Gilliam County is elected by the people as the Chief Executive Enforcement Officer and Conservator of the Peace of the County. He is the elected representative of government who is required and trusted to work within the law. The Sheriff’s authorities are conferred by statute.