Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton took office in April 2007; his current term expires in January 2013.
Larry has been in law enforcement in Oregon for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as Undersheriff of Deschutes County. He and his wife of 34 years have lived in Bend all their lives. They have two sons, Chad, a fireman paramedic for the City of Portland, and Shawn, a driver for Central Petroleum of Bend. Last October they welcomed their first grandchild, Addie.
As Sheriff of Deschutes County, Larry serves as the Vice President of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association and is a member of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Executive Committee. He is Chairman of the Board for the Oregon Accreditation Alliance and serves on the Oregon HIDTA Board (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.) Larry is an alumnus of the FBI National Academy.
Larry is an active member of the community, participating in the Bend Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council and Leadership Bend Graduate of Class #2. In addition, Larry serves on many boards including the Central Oregon Rocky Mt. Elk Foundation.
1976 – Bend City Police Department - Reserve
1978 - Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office – Reserve
1980 – Wasco County Sheriff’s Office – Deputy Sheriff
1982 – Molalla Police Department – Sergeant
1985 – Began full-time career with Deschutes County Sheriff’s office, promoted through the ranks as Patrol Deputy, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Undersheriff
2007 to Present – Sheriff
Western Oregon State College
Clackamas Community College
Chemeketa Community College
Central Oregon Community College
Department of Public Safety and Standards Training – Executive Certificate.
Department of Public Safety and Standards Training – Oregon Executive Development Institute Graduate
Mark Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
Graduate of Session #212 of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Virginia
Graduate of FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development, Quantico, Virginia
Graduate of the 94th Session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute
Family, fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors