Marion County Commissioners Make Selection to Fill Sheriff Vacancy

Posted on June 13, 2019

Today, the Marion County Board of Commissioners selected Commander Joe Kast of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to fill the vacancy for Sheriff. Two applicants were interviewed in a special board session this morning that included Commander Kast and Lt. Josh Brooks with the Oregon State Police.

Commissioner Kevin Cameron, board chair, said, “We were fortunate to have two strong candidates to choose from. Both are well-qualified and extremely talented individuals.” He continued, “Commander Kast has the background and experience with all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office from enforcement to the jail and community corrections that made him standout. He has demonstrated his commitment to community engagement and received broad support from local residents.”

Commander Kast will be officially appointed as sheriff at the commissioners June 26, 2019, regular board session. A swearing in ceremony will held Monday, July 1, 2019, in the Senator Hearing Room at Courthouse Square located at 555 Court St. NE, in Salem. The public is welcome to attend.

Sheriff Jason Myers announced his retirement effective June 30, 2019. When a vacancy occurs in a county elected office, the Marion County Board of Commissioners appoints a replacement who will hold office until a new sheriff is chosen in the next general election.

For more information, contact the Board of Commissioners Office at (503) 588-5212 or email

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