In 2003, Dennis L Dotson was appointed Sheriff of Lincoln County. Dotson was elected Sheriff in 2004. re-elected in 2008 and 2012 and is currently serving his third 4-year term. Sheriff Dotson serves on a variety of Oregon State Sheriff’s Association (OSSA) committees including Legislative, Awards, and By-Laws. He also represents the OSSA on the Governor's Alcohol & Drug Policy Commission and the State of Oregon’s Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee.
Prior to his appointment, Sheriff Dotson served as administrator for the Oregon Senate Business and Labor Committee during the 2003 Legislative Session. During the 2001 Legislative Session, he served as Legislative Assistant to Oregon State Representative Alan Brown of Newport.
The Oregon State Police employed Dennis for 28 years, serving in the Portland area, Baker County, Deschutes County, and served the last 12-1/2 years of his career as OSP's Lincoln County Area Commander. Since 1972 he has worked in a variety of capacities including commander of the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team from 1990 to 2000, OSP's representative on the Governor's Juvenile Crime Task Force, OSP's representative on the Lincoln County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, and the Governor's liaison during the New Carissa disaster in Waldport.
Sheriff Dotson has also served as a board member for the Lincoln County School District Resolving Conflict Advisory Board, Local Alcohol & Drug Abuse Planning Committee, Lincoln County School District Commission on Student Violence and Behavior, Lincoln County Children's Advocacy Center, Lincoln County Partnership, Partnership Against Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Olalla Treatment Center for Children and Families, and the Rotary Club of Newport. He also served as a member of the Lincoln County Interagency Gang Task Force, Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians Child Protection Team, Lincoln County Domestic Violence Council, the KIDS Committee and more.
Sheriff Dotson is a graduate of the Northwestern University Traffic Institute and the FBI National Academy.
Lieutenant Jamie Russell began her career with the Sheriff's Office in 1992. During her career Lt. Russell has served as a Corrections Technician, Corrections Deputy, Corrections Sergeant and in 2003 was promoted to her current rank of Corrections Lieutenant and assigned as the Jail Commander. As Jail Commander she oversees the daily operations of the jail division.
Lieutenant Dave Carey began his career in law enforcement as a boarding officer and lifeboat coxswain while in the United States Coast Guard stationed in Newport. After being honorably discharged in 1990 he was hired by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. During his career Lt. Carey served as a patrol deputy, a detective assigned to the Lincoln Inter-Agency Narcotics Team (LINT) and a patrol sergeant.
In 2005 he was promoted to his current rank of lieutenant and assigned as the patrol commander. As patrol commander he oversees the patrol division of the sheriff’s office, which includes patrol, detectives, marine patrol, forest patrol and animal services.
Lieutenant Curtis Landers began his career with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office in 1987 as a Records/Property Clerk. In 1989, he was promoted to Corrections Officer and worked in the jail. In 1991 Lt. Landers was promoted to Patrol Deputy. As a Patrol Deputy he served as the contract deputy for the City of Depoe Bay for two years and was on the Multi-Agency Crash Team. In 1997 Lt. Landers was promoted to the rank of Patrol Sergeant where he managed the Field Training Program for new patrol deputies and was in charge of continued training for the patrol deputies.
In 2005 he was promoted to his current rank of Administrative Lieutenant. As the Administrative Lieutenant, Lt. Landers is responsible for obtaining and administering grants, policies and procedures, sheriff's office training, and risk management for the Sheriff's Office. Lt. Landers oversees the County's Emergency Managment program.
Lt. Landers has attended the FBI National Academy, OSSA Command College, the DPSST Supervisory and Middle Management courses, and has over 2000 hours of training in corrections, law enforcement, leadership and supervision. Lt. Landers possesses an executive certificate from DPSST.
Christie Meister began her career with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office as a Dispatcher/Matron. She received promotions to Civil Deputy, Administrative Assistant/Office Manager and to her current position of Chief Civil Deputy where she manages the operations of the Sheriff's Records, Evidence and Civil sections and a variety of software applications. She has been recognized for her achievements over the years with her most recent being in 2005 where she was chosen to receive a local Law Enforcement Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement and chosen by her peers throughout Oregon as Civil Manager of the Year. Chief Civil Deputy Meister has attended the DPSST Supervisors Academy and a variety of other management and education courses having over 1000 hours of training in her field. She has completed The Results Group Leadership Academy and the OSSA Command College. She is an active member of the Oregon Sheriff's Civil Command Council serving on the Curriculum, Legislation and Civil Training Manual committees and is a contributing editor of the Oregon Sheriff’s Civil Training manual. She has served as Secretary, Vice-President and President of the Oregon Sheriff’s Civil Command Council. In 2009 Christie was inducted in to the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. She holds a DPSST Supervisory Certificate.
Laura Ireland joined the Sheriff's Office in April of 2010 as the Manager of the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Laura earned her J.D., with specializations in environmental and animal law, from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2001. Upon graduation, she was the founder and executive director of the National Center for Animal Law. She has extensive experience in the animal protection field including litigation, legislative drafting and lobbying, teaching, fundraising, disaster planning and animal rescue, and organizing and participating in trainings and conferences. She is a graduate of the Results Group Leadership Academy. Laura has one daughter, two dogs, and two cats.