BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson was sworn in for his first full term, Tuesday. Following the oath of office, he addressed the audience to thank his family and staff for their continued support, and acknowledge his first year and a half in office. "We’ve seen some challenges, and I know you’re all aware of that. But, I couldn’t have done it without all of you and I especially could not have done it without my family; and that’s what it’s all about. We stay together and we look forward; and be positive about it."
Nelson was appointed Sheriff in July 2015, but a number of internal investigation has scarred the agency over the past 18 months. "Now, I can’t guarantee you everything is always going to be terrific and I don’t think you expect that," Sheriff Nelson told Tuesday's crowd. "What I will guarantee you, is that I will lead all of you and all of your talent forward so that we can best possibly serve the citizens of this county and that’s what we’re going to do; just like we always have done. Thank you for being here today and thank you for electing me as your Sheriff. I’m proud to serve you." Nelson defeated his challenger in November by a near 10% margin.
Also sworn in Tuesday, local home builder Phil Henderson replaces Alan Unger on the board of County Commissioners. Henderson takes part in his first work session, Wednesday afternoon.