COVID-19 Washington County Community Crowdsourcing

Working together to be united, informed, and resourceful. A community crowdsourcing page to help every day people find information and resources to better deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. New resources added daily. Help provide resources or make requests via redwortham@redworthamforsheriff.com 211: Visit website, call 211 or 1 (866) 698-6155, or… Read More

A Call to Action for Washington County Jail Social Distancing

Our jails and prisons must, first, prevent the introduction of the coronavirus into jail and prison facilities and, second, prevent transmission of the virus once it does enter a facility. China’s COVID-19 outbreak in prisons should serve as a primer for the importance of immediate and sweeping action. In Wuhan’s… Read More

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Budget Hearing Testimony

Red Wortham Commits to Efficient Management

The County Sheriff provides several services to the public throughout Washington County, to include multi-agency teams, investigations, patrols of urban unincorporated and rural areas, the county jail, civil process, evidence processing, concealed handgun licensing, alarm permitting, and more. I am running to become your next sheriff because the management of… Read More

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Your Sheriff’s Office Patrol, Investigations, and Decision Makers are 89% White & 94% Male

Washington County Sheriff’s Office employs more than 430 uniformed deputies. These deputies serve the public in our county providing law enforcement in rural and urban unincorporated neighborhoods. They also provide civil service and staff a 572 bed jail to house offenders from the entire county. These deputies are responsible for… Read More

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A Promise to the People

I am running for the office of Washington County Sheriff in the May 19, 2020 election. This is the first time in far too long you have had a choice on the ballot for county sheriff. Historically, your sheriffs have used a tactic of quietly passing the office to a… Read More

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Jail Costs

A Cycle of Increasing Burdens

A sheriff’s office differs from a city police department in many ways. The most important of those is that the sheriff is elected directly by the people and answers directly to the people. The sheriff is required to oversee the county and provide a wide array of services. Oregon law… Read More

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Cup of Daisies

The Paradox We Expect of Our Protectors

In a time of frequent controversial police shootings, I’d like to discuss why it is sometimes, unfortunately, necessary for law enforcement to use their weapons. Imagine preparing for the possibility that someone will try to intentionally harm you each day when you do your job. Even if that likelihood is… Read More

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Homelessness and Your Sheriff’s Office

Washington County is exploding in population. We have all seen whole new neighborhoods popping up around us in recent years. The 2015 census data on population growth rated our county as the 3rd fastest growing county in the state. With our estimated population over 600,000, it is critical that our… Read More

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Budget Hearing Testimony

Washington County Budget Hearing Testimony

Good morning commissioners. My name is Red Wortham. Thank you for this brief opportunity to be heard on a critical public safety problem. The sheriff told you in the last budget hearing that jail staffing is a big problem that he is concerned about. He shared steps taken to mitigate… Read More

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