Bruce Riley was appointed Linn County Sheriff January 1, 2014. On November 4, 2014, he was elected to his four-year term as Sheriff and was sworn-in as the 39th Sheriff of Linn County on January 5, 2015.
Bruce comes from a line of law enforcement as his great grandfather; Robert Walker, was the Sheriff of Franklin County, Nebraska from 1909 to 1923. Bruce’s grandfather, Charles Walker, was a Deputy Sheriff in Franklin County as well.
Bruce Riley grew up in Albany, Oregon. He holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Linn-
Benton Community College and has attended many classes that relate to executive level law enforcement training. This includes the 227th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the 62nd session of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar also held in Quantico, Virginia.
Bruce began his law enforcement career in 1985 when Sheriff Ken Goin swore him in as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. After serving as a Reserve Deputy for a short time, he was hired as a full-time Patrol Deputy on June 1, 1987.
Bruce was promoted to Corporal in 1994 and then to 1st Sergeant in 1998. In 2005, he was promoted to Captain and assumed the duties as the Patrol Division Commander. In 2009, Sheriff Tim Mueller promoted Bruce to Undersheriff, where he managed overall Sheriff’s operations.
Bruce has served as an instructor in several law enforcement related disciplines and received numerous certificates and awards from the Sheriff’s Office and local community.
Bruce is a member of the FBI National Associates, FBI National Associates Oregon chapter, Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, Tangent Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors, and Albany Optimist Club.
Sheriff Riley and his wife of 23 years have three adult children and one granddaughter. They currently live in Tangent where they have lived for the past 17 years.