Benton County Sheriff Jef Van Arsdall

Jef Van Arsdall was sworn in as Benton County's Interim Sheriff on March 15th, 2021.

Van Arsdall has over twenty years of law enforcement experience. He 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, becoming undersheriff in 2018. Van Arsdall holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Administration of Justice from Portland State University.

Van Arsdall will fill the position of interim sheriff for the remainder of previous Sheriff Scott Jackson’s term. Jackson retired 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.