Thomas M. Turner

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Lane County Sheriff Thomas M. Turner is a career law enforcement officer with over 28 years of experience in Oregon. He joined the Lane County Sheriff’s Office in 2006 as Administrative Captain and was promoted to the Undersheriff position in 2007. In addition to being Second in Command, during that time he was also responsible for Human Resources, Training, Emergency Management, Fiscal Management, Labor Relations and Professional Standards. He was appointed to the Sheriff’s position in January of 2011.

His career began as a Reserve Officer for the City of Eugene in 1981. In 1982, he accepted a full-time position with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office as a Resident Deputy. As a result of budget cuts, after a short 6 months on the job he left the Sheriff’s Office and became a Police Officer with the Eugene Police Department.

For the next 23 years, Sheriff Turner served the City of Eugene as police officer, police agent (detective), sergeant, and lieutenant. He spent 19 years with the Special Operations Division starting as a SWAT operator and bomb technician; and then became the Lieutenant of the Division.

Sheriff Turner is now the Chief Executive Officer for a full service law enforcement agency with over 350 employees that includes Adult Corrections Functions, Parole & Probation, Patrol Services, and prisoner transport/court security. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office also has over 600 volunteers; from Search and Rescue to the Mounted Posse.

In addition to his B.S. and MBA, Sheriff Turner’s training and education includes thousands of hours of training and multiple certifications, including a DPSST Executive Certificate and graduate of the FBI National Academy 220.

Sheriff Turner was born and raised in Oregon and graduated from Churchill High School in 1978. He resides in Eugene and is married with three children, ages 8 to 18. Sheriff Turner enjoys golf and mountain biking, and ran the Eugene Marathon in 2007.