The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) recognized several of Lincoln County’s leaders during the Oregon Sheriff’s annual Awards Banquet in Bend last Wednesday evening. More than 300 people were in attendance to witness and express their gratitude for the efforts and accomplishments of Sheriff’s Office members and volunteers around the state.
Captain Bruce Tompkins of the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse was selected as OSSA’s Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Tompkins has volunteered over the years in assisting the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office with the capture and care of dozens of neglected and abused livestock animals. He routinely refused payment and when he did accept payment, Tompkins donated the funds to the Animal Shelter.
Chief Civil Deputy Christie Meister was selected as OSSA’s Civil Manager of the Year for 2012. This is the second time Meister has received this honor.
Christie Meister received a second award when presented with a Meritorious Service Award for her service to OSSA. Christie has been responsible for legislation that streamlines several civil procedures and strengthens concealed handgun laws for our citizens and Sheriffs across that state. Meister has been involved in the Legislative process for years including testifying on legislative bills. Meister’s expertise in Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure is well known to all Oregon Sheriffs and many legislators.
Lieutenant Curtis Landers was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership that resulted in upgrading Lincoln County’s public safety communications system. Landers was also recognized for his leadership in the transferring of dispatch services from Lincoln County to Willamette Valley Communications Center in Salem.
Lieutenant Dave Carey was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in developing a courthouse security plan for the Lincoln County Courthouse. Carey was also honored for his success in creating a positive environment of physical fitness for his Patrol Division members.
Lieutenant Jamie Russell received the Meritorious Service Award for her service to OSSA over the years. Russell was recognized in 2007 as OSSA’s Jail Commander of the Year and served as President of the Oregon Sheriff’s Jail Command Council in 2010. She has represented OSSA in dealings with the Oregon Department of Public Safety and Standards, National Institute of Corrections, Oregon Judicial Department, and updating Oregon Jail Standards.
“We are very proud of our Division Commanders and volunteers and it is very gratifying to see that their dedication, passion, and successes are recognized at a statewide level,” stated Sheriff Dennis Dotson.