Public invited to observe Benton County Sheriff interviews

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

On Thursday, January 14, 2021, the Benton County Board of Commissioners will interview and consider two candidates for appointment to the position of Interim Sheriff of Benton County.

Don Rogers has over twenty years of law enforcement experience, and currently serves as a Captain and Law Enforcement Division Commander in the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Captain Rogers joined the Benton County Sheriff’s Office as Reserve Deputy in 1997, and earned the rank of Lieutenant in 2011 and Captain in 2014. In addition to his longtime service with the Sheriff’s Office, Rogers has completed over 700 hours of leadership training, including attending the FBI National Academy in 2017. Rogers holds a BS in Law Enforcement from Western Oregon University, in Monmouth, Oregon.

Jefri Van Arsdall has over twenty years of law enforcement experience, and currently serves as the Undersheriff in Baker County, Oregon. Undersheriff Van Arsdall began his career with Washington County, Oregon as a reserve deputy, worked at the Corvallis Police Department from 2004 to 2015, earning the rank of Patrol Lieutenant, and joined Baker County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 and became Undersheriff in 2018. Van Arsdall holds a BS in Administration of Justice from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.

Members of the public are invited to observe the interviews.

Don Rogers’ interview will occur on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM. Attendees will need to register in advance at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/118764160757239568.

Jefri Van Arsdall’s interview will occur on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Attendees will need to register in advance at this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1021849135742912272.

 An online form prompting attendees to give feedback to the hiring committee about each candidate will be provided at the end of each interview.

Following the public interviews, the Board Chair will recess the public meeting and go into Executive Session to debrief with the interview panel in private. Commissioners will reconvene in a public session, after the Executive Session to determine when they will meet to make a decision on top candidate. Attendees will need to register in advance at this link to observe this discussion: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7785261817541961232.

Sheriff Scott Jackson will retire on February 1, 2021 after 25 years with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. Under the terms of the Benton County Charter, it falls to the Board of Commissioners to appoint someone for the position through the end of the position’s term if the vacancy occurs with less than half of the term remaining. The current term ends in January 2023.