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Delivering a Safer, More Accountable Clackamas County

Since becoming Clackamas County’s Sheriff, Angela Brandenburg has made Clackamas County safer, been a financial watchdog, increased the Sheriff’s Office public accountability, and has been a voice for Clackamas County taxpayers. Here are just a few of her accomplishments:

Keeping Us Safer​

  • 2022 & 2023 - Safest County in the Metro Area* 

  • Led the successful effort to renew the Public Safety Local Option Levy, funding 26 new deputy positions for patrol, detectives, and the jail to open mental health/medical beds, and funding for a new Body-worn Camera Program

  • Established the Strategic Recruitment Initiative, dramatically increasing the hiring of both sworn and professional staff – 67 urgently needed new hires (52 sworn/15 professional staff) in 2023 alone.

  • The award-winning, Levy-funded interagency drug unit has taken record numbers of drugs and firearms off the streets, including seizing the largest fentanyl bust in the state’s history in Oregon City in 2022. 

  • Partnered with businesses and conducted missions targeting organized retail theft rings.

  • Advocated for the transfer of Parole & Probation from a county department to a Division of the Sheriff’s Office to increase the coordination of supervision of individuals on parole or probation. 

  • Worked with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and local law enforcement leaders to increase the police academy's capacity and reduce the wait time for basic police academy attendees.

  • Invested and expanded the Sheriff's Office Air Unit's Drone Program to increase officer safety and community safety, locate and apprehend offenders, and aid in response to emergencies like search and rescues and wildfires.

  • Partnered with the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office and police chiefs in the county-wide Domestic Violence Response Protocol and Officer Involved Critical Incident Protocol to ensure a coordinated and competent law enforcement response to domestic violence investigations and response to critical incident investigations involving law enforcement.


Financially Responsible and Accountable to You​

  • Launched an agency-wide, publicly available staffing study with an outside consultant, which led to an increase in 6 jail deputy positions.

  • Streamlined the hiring and background processes with efficiencies while maintaining high standards.

  • Placed policies, budget, and year-end data reports on the Sheriff’s Office website readily available and accessible to the public.  

  • Implemented a new, more cost-effective Online Reporting Program making it easier and more convenient for the public to report crime and provide digital evidence.

  • Created the Strategic Analysis Unit to use the power of data to drive decision making, creating dashboards the public can use to access information related to crimes, calls-for-service occurring in their neighborhood and across the county, and to see how resources are being allocated.

  • Secured funding to use National Opioid Settlement dollars to continue the Jail's Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) program which treats individuals with opioid use disorders resulting in a reduction of those treated, returning to the jail for new crimes. ​

  • Invited the County’s Independent Auditor to conduct a Financial Condition Analysis of the Sheriff's Office finances.  The report is on the Sheriff’s Office website, in which the Auditor commends as a model of transparency for the County.

The People’s Advocate

  • Challenged the County's use of diverting Public Safety Levy dollars to pay for the funding shortfall created by the courthouse building project. This money was approved by voters to keep them safer, not finance a courthouse.

  • Stopped the County Commissioners’ unconstitutional attempt to change a county ordinance to “allow” them in certain situations to take over the Office of Sheriff and the Office of every other elected official in the County.

  • Championed legislation to combat organized retail theft, help fund targeted law enforcement operations to arrest these offenders and make it easier to prosecute those who commit theft in multiple jurisdictions.


*Clackamas County is the safest county in the metro area according to data maintained and presented by the Oregon State Police Uniform Crime Reporting Unit.  Of the five most populated counties in Oregon, Clackamas County had the lowest number of reported offenses per 1,000 persons in 2022 and 2023 (through November).​

Sheriff Angela Brandenburg
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