Matt English launches bid for Sheriff

September 7, 2011

Detective Matt English of Hood River County Sheriff's Department will run for sheriff in 2012.

"I think the community has a real opportunity right now to put some long-term leadership in there," said English, who started with the county in 1998, first as parole and probation officer. He transferred to the sheriff's office in 2000, and has worked as patrol deputy and is currently assigned as a detective and lead investigator, including serving as public information officer.

English is the third person to announce a run for the job currently held by Joe Wampler, who will not run for re-election.

Announcing this spring were Hood River Police Chief Neil Holste, the first to file, followed by Bruce Ludwig of Hood River, former police chief.

Coming from within the department, English believes he has the advantage of "the team approach."

"I can go right to work," he said. "There are dedicated people who are ready to move into the future, progressive folks who are ready to hit the ground running, so to speak.

"I am extremely excited and proud to have an opportunity serve this community leading such a professional office," he said. "As sheriff, I will ensure that the community will have a sheriff's office that is accessible, responsive and accountable."

According to a press release issued by English, Wampler said, "Not only does Matt have a proven record as patrol deputy and investigator, he has demonstrated that he is consistently reliable, trusted and respected by his peers."

English said fiscal concerns are the biggest challenge facing the department right now, and the county in general.

"It's financially trying times for everyone. It's maintaining and continuing to provide at a minimum the same level of service that they are right now.

"We need to be able to make the best use of all available resources we can and continue to provide best service to the community," he said.

English said he presented for the department in budget planning this year, and through his work as union representative, "I understand how the county works, and the budget process."

English has served as the Hood River County Law Enforcement Association president, training instructor, Traffic Grant Project Coordinator, and as part-time instructor at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

He is instructor and past assistant program coordinator of the Reserve Deputy program.

English has a degree in social science from Southern Oregon University. He grew up in Sherman County, where he attended Sherman Union High School.

His wife, Robbie English, is a juvenile counselor for the county. They are parents of twin sons Andy and Ben, 10.

For more information about English and his campaign, go to and

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