Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson
On July 1, 2013, Scott Jackson was sworn in as Benton County's 30th Sheriff. Jackson started his career at the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in 1995 as a part time on-call Corrections Deputy. Within a few months he was hired full time and has served the Benton County community ever since. He holds dual certifications in corrections and police through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and has held multiple positions within the Sheriff's Office including: Deputy, Corporal, Sergeant, Training/Policy Sergeant, Lieutenant (Jail Commander), and in 2008 was promoted to Undersheriff where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff's Office. In July 2013 he was unanimously appointed by the Board of Commissioners to fulfill retiring Sheriff Simpson's term of office and in 2014 was elected Sheriff by the citizens of Benton County.
Sheriff Jackson is a military veteran having joined the U.S. Army in 1983. He served in the active duty Army and Oregon Army National Guard. Stationed in Germany he was a member of the prestigious 11th Armored Calvary Regiment "Blackhorse." Leaving active duty in 1991 he continued to serve the nation through the Army Reserve and Oregon National Guard, retiring in 2008.
His career in criminal justice started when he returned from serving overseas and took a position with the Arizona Department of Corrections. While traveling through Oregon on vacation he stopped in Corvallis during a snowstorm and almost immediately knew this was where he wanted to live. He took his picture in front of the Sheriff's Office sign, returned to Arizona and submitted a 30-day notice of his intent to resign. He moved to Corvallis and immediately applied with the Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Jackson has a bachelor's degree from Western Baptist College and is nearing completion of a graduate degree in criminal justice administration from Western Oregon University. His professional studies include attending the prestigious FBI National Academy, Oregon Executive Institute, the Pacific Program, Oregon State Sheriff's Association Command College, Northwest Leadership Seminars, and Leadership Corvallis. He has also taken multiple courses through the American Correctional Association and the National Institute of Corrections.
He serves the Benton County community both as Sheriff and through his involvement with local nonprofit endeavors. He is the past Board President of Leadership Corvallis, past Board President of the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis, Chair of the Willamette Criminal Justice Counsel, past chair and current ex officio board member of The Sheriff's Foundation, a member of Rotary and Elks, and actively supports endeavors aimed at improving the lives of children.