The Columbia County Sheriff's Office invites the public to attend a swearing in ceremony for new Chief Deputy Ryan Murphy.
The event will occur at 6:30 p.m. on June 17, at 901 Port Avenue in St. Helens.
Since March 1, CCSO has been searching for a Chief Deputy. A nationwide recruitment was conducted and numerous applications were assembled. The applicant process included a written assessment, an oral board and a meet and greet with members of the public and public safety professionals.
Following the process, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office hired Ryan Murphy as the Chief Deputy. He begins begins his duties on June 17.
"In the end, the best applicant was right in our own backyard," according to a statement made on the CCSO's Facebook page.
Murphy has been a resident of Columbia County since 2002, when he was hired as a police officer by the Rainier Police Department. In 2011, Murphy was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he has served as second in command for the last eight years.
Murphy, and his wife Michelle, are active members in the community in which they live and work. Both said they enjoy spending time with their teenage son and watching high school sporting events. Murphy's community involvement includes coaching youth football, baseball, and basketball, past volunteer firefighter for Columbia River Fire and Rescue (CRFR) and former President of the Rainier Little League.
Murphy has worked beside Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies for almost 18 years. He said is excited to join the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and said he will continue to ensure that the law enforcement needs of Columbia County residents are fulfilled.