Swearing In Ceremony

Sheriff Brian Pixley, right, led the public swearing-in ceremony of Chief Deputy Ryan Murphy.

He is now on the job!

Ryan Murphy, former sergeant at the Rainier Police Department, was officially sworn in on June 17 as the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office’s (CCSO) new chief deputy in the first public swearing-in ceremony for such a title in years.

“I’ve been around the county since 2003 and I don’t ever remember anyone ever having a public swearing-in ceremony,” Sheriff Brian Pixely said, addressing a room filled with Murphy’s family, friends, CCSO staff and other public officials. “I think ceremonies like this are important because anyone who’s willing to step up and give of themselves and their family to help in the community that they live, I think that’s worth celebrating.”

The Chief Deputy assists the Sheriff with running day to day operations of the CCSO. The salary range for the position is $7,180 to $9,126 monthly.

“Chief Deputy Murphy rose to the top of the application process through his qualifications, leadership, communication, and ethics,” Pixley told The Chief. “Chief Deputy Murphy brings with him an outside perspective with some familiarity. He has worked in Columbia County through three different sheriffs and is committed to the long-term goals of the sheriff’s office.”

Pixley said the application process consisted of the initial application, an oral board, and a meet and greet which included members of the community, other public safety professionals and co-workers.

“When people left, they either left a comment card or talked to me personally and told me their feelings on who should be selected,” Pixley said.

The CCSO received applications from Hawaii, Arizona, Las Vegas and California.

“Ultimately, I’m happy to say the right guy is right here in our own backyard, which is awesome,” Pixley said. “Ryan started his policing career in 2002 with the Rainier Police Department. In 2011, he was promoted to Sergeant and today, he starts work as Chief Deputy.”

Murphy’s wife pinned his badge after he was sworn in.

“I appreciate everyone coming,” Murphy said, addressing the room after the ceremony. “It means a lot that you guys are here and I’m just excited to be here today and ready to have fun.”

Murphy joked that Pixley had been telling him he was going to lose his hair to a chorus of laughter from the room.

“I wanted this job to be part of something bigger – a bigger agency,” Murphy said. “I like where the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is going under Sheriff Pixley and I’m just excited to be a part of that team. My vision is to support the sheriff’s ideas and his vision and do everything I can to make it happen.”


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I don't recall seeing ANY advertising of any meet and greets or forums. How many applied? Who were they? St. Helens was transparent with their Chief process yet this is entirely opposite.....more of the same.

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