About Todd Whitlow

Greetings Citizens of Polk County,

Thank you again for spending your time learning more about me, my family, my experience and  qualifications in law enforcement, and my vision and goals for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

As a candidate for Polk County I am not running against anyone, I am running for you the Citizens of Polk County to make our community a safer and better place to live. I intend to do this by building community partnerships based on trust and hard worth with great leadership, new perspectives, being fiscally responsible and accountable, and by providing customer service that is second to none. Polk County residents deserve this, and have shown their confidence and trust by passing the Public Safety Operating Levy.

I was born in Salem and have lived my entire life in Polk County. My parents, Richard and Barbara are also lifetime residents of Polk County. My dad, who is now retired, is a previous United States Marine and 42-year employee with Willamette Industries, Inc. spending his entire career in Dallas. My mom also retired spent 24-years in the banking industry in Dallas and then 14-years working for Children’s Services for the Oregon Department of Human Services in Dallas.

I attended kindergarten, elementary and high school in Dallas graduating in 1984, and later graduated from Western Oregon State College in Monmouth with a 4-year Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement.

I have been married to my wife Wendy for over 20-years. We have a 13-year old daughter, Zoe who attends school in Dallas and is active in sports. We live on a small 28-acre farm in the rural community of Buell and love the outdoors and all sports. We are avid campers, hunters, anglers, and enjoy raising and riding horses and riding ATV’s.

I have served as a Volunteer Firefighter/First Responder serving the citizens of Polk and Yamhill Counties, and have volunteered with Kids Inc. Sports in Dallas. I currently help coach the West Valley HeRRicanes 14U girl’s softball team.

One of the first jobs I had as a kid was mowing lawns for family and neighbors in Dallas. As a teenager, I began working for Frank Setnicker at Setnicker Farms in Independence.  During high school, I went to work for Al Jones Farms in Rickreall. I farmed, worked in his grass seed warehouse, and later drove truck for him. I continued to work for Al throughout college and worked seasonal jobs with United Parcel Service (UPS) and Pepsi Cola in Salem. The work ethic I developed as young boy, and later as a young adult transcended into my career in law enforcement, I know nothing but to give 100 percent.

After graduating from college I became a Reserve Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office traveling to Central Oregon on the weekends to fulfill my commitment to them. After working for Franz Bakery in Salem and Courtney and Nye, an engineering company in Hillsboro I became a Reserve Deputy with the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and was hired full time in the same year.

I have nearly 15-years of full time experience in nearly every facet of the job. I have performed nearly every job as a line staff employee and as a Supervisor in both the Jail and on Patrol. I understand what it takes to do the job professionally, with dedication and passion at every level. I am an outstanding communicator, leader, mentor and team builder. I place value in every decision I make. I recognize the value in people and the ideas they possess. I am a forward thinker and look at the job from a global view.

I have served as a Yamhill County Jail Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Marine Deputy, Detective, Jail Sergeant and Patrol Sergeant. I am a member of the Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team, and Fire Investigation Team. I have been a Field Training Officer and have supervised the Training Program. I am a Deputy Medical Examiner and the liaison between the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management, as well as the Fire Defense Board. I supervise the Yamhill County Firearms Program, Search and Rescue Program, and Posse. I also manage a $130,000.00 State of Oregon OHV grant funded program, $30,000.00 Federal BLM Forest contract and the Deputies assigned to them. These are just a few of the things that make me qualified and the best choice for Polk County Sheriff. Please see my entire career timeline below.

My present assignment to supervise and manage over $1,000,000.00 in Law Enforcement Services Contracts to (4) cities and the (10) Deputies assigned to them has provided knowledge and insight in working with varying demographics and diversified populations. I have helped present, explain and execute these contracts to four different city governments. Working with Citizens, Mayors, City Councilors and City Administrators, listening and working with communities to improve their livability and addressing  their concerns makes me qualified to continue to work for the Citizens of Polk County, its neighboring agencies, and its surrounding partners to build a better Sheriff’s Office and safer community.

The past few years have been difficult and frustrating for you the Citizens of Polk County, and the staff at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. With your support, through the passage of the Public Safety Operating Levy it is time for a new beginning and to start the rebuilding process.

I am excited to work for you as Sheriff and build a Sheriff’s Office that earns your respect, trust and support. Thank you again, Todd

Below you will find a timeline breakdown of my law enforcement career:

  • Graduate Dallas High School

  • Graduate of Western Oregon State College (WOSC) with 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement.

  • Reserve Deputy Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Reserve Deputy Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Hired full time Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office 2001.

  • Served as a Jail Deputy, Patrol Deputy.

  • Certified Marine Deputy.

  • Selected as Field Training Officer (FTO).

  • Patrol Deputy of the year 2007.

  • Selected as SIU Detective 2008 with primary responsibility of crimes against children, also adult high profile Murder, Rape, Robbery, Assaults, Burglary and Thefts. Member of Multi agency Child Abuse Team (MCAT).

  • Yamhill County Deputy Medical Examiner (DME).

  • Promoted to Sergeant 2010

  • Served as a Jail Sergeant

  • Served as a Rural Patrol Team Sergeant

  • Currently assigned as Patrol Sergeant to Supervise and Manage (10) Deputies and over $1,000,000.00 of Law Enforcement Services contracts for the cities of Sheridan, Willamina, Lafayette and Dayton.

  • Supervisor of Field Evaluation Training Program (FTEP)

  • Supervisor/Liaison to Yamhill County Search and Rescue (SAR), 55+ members

  • Supervisor/Liaison to Yamhill County Mounted Posse, 19+ members

  • Supervisor of Yamhill County Firearms Team; Supervises 8-instructors who train Yamhill Counties Patrol and Jail Deputies, Parole and Probation and Reserve Deputy Staff.

  • Supervisor of Yamhill County Forest Patrol program

  • Assigned to Supervise and Manage a $130,000.00 State Of Oregon OHV Grant Program. (Wrote grant for program)

  • Assigned to Supervise and Manage a $30,000.00 Federal BLM Forest contract.

  • Member of Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team (MCRT)

  • Member of Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team (FIT)

  • Liaison between Sheriff’s Office and Yamhill County Office of Emergency Management

  • Liaison between Sheriff’s Office and Yamhill County Fire Defense Board

  • Lead Taser Instructor for Sheriff’s Office (Patrol, Jail, Reserve staff)

  • Certified Confrontational Simulations (ConSim) Instructor

Personal and Community:

  • Born in Salem

  • Lifetime resident of Polk County.

  • Lives in the community of Buell for over 20-years

  • Lives on 28 acre farm with Wendy my wife of 20-years and our 13-year-old daughter.

  • Served as a Volunteer Firefighter/First Responder serving the citizens of Polk and Yamhill Counties. Received Rookie of the year Fire Fighter award in 2000.

  • Certified ASA Softball Coach and help coach the West Valley HERricanes 12U and now 14U Girls Softball team, coaching girls from the Dallas, Monmouth/Independence, West Salem, Scio and Stayton areas.

  • Enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, boating, raising and riding horses, riding ATV’s, watching all sports, watching our daughter compete in Softball, Volleyball and Basketball, and spending time working outside on the farm.

  • Western Oregon State College Alumni member

  • Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project

  • Supporter and Member of the NRA

Contact Information:

Email:  toddwhitlowforsheriff@gmail.com

Facebook: Todd Whitlow for Polk County Sheriff

Phone: 503-931-2079

Webpage: toddwhitlowforsheriff.com