John Hanlin

John Hanlin

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin poses for a photo in his office in 2015.

Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin filed Friday to run for reelection to a fourth term, according to the Douglas County Elections Office.

Hanlin was first elected as county sheriff in 2008. He ran unopposed in that election, and was also unopposed for reelection in both 2012 and 2016.

He joined the sheriff’s office in 1989, and served as a deputy, a detective and a lieutenant prior to becoming sheriff.

He is also a past commander of the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team.

He’s known as a staunch supporter of gun rights and was sheriff during the Umpqua Community College shooting in October 2015.

Hanlin has also overseen the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office during a time of shrinking budgets and high turnover due to retirements.

Hanlin grew up in Roseburg and graduated from Glide High School. He received an associate degree in computer information systems from Central Oregon Community College in Bend.

Hanlin did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

On his Facebook page, Hanlin said he was excited to announce he was filing.

“I am grateful for the many years of support Douglas County residents have given me and my office, and I would be greatly honored to be allowed to serve another (fourth) term. The past 30 years serving with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has been a tremendous honor, and the past twelve years as your Sheriff has been even more remarkable,” he wrote.

He also said he would make working with the county commissioners to secure stable public safety funding a priority.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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I will absolutely vote for John again. It's an honor to have him as our Sheriff.

Steve T

I wish John the best of luck, and would vote for him if i still lived in Douglas Co.

(Wonder if my Daughter attended Glide when he was there??)

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