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Sheriff Gordon names new second-in-command

Chief Deputy Pat Garrett takes the No. 2 spot in the office after serving as chief deputy for seven years.
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This week, Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon promoted Chief Deputy Pat Garrett to the position of Undersheriff.

He takes the No. 2 spot in the office after serving as the chief deputy, or third in command, for seven years.

Garrett, 47, began his law enforcement career with the county in 1988, after receiving an undergraduate degree in Spanish from Oregon State University.

In 2003, Garrett earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from Portland State University.

He replaces David Hepp, who plans to leave the office later this year after 33 years with the county, where he began as a recruit deputy sheriff.

Sgt. David Thompson said Hepp's vast professional knowledge and organizational leadership will be missed tremendously.

Garrett's new responsibilities will include oversight of the Sheriff's Office patrol, jail and investigations divisions. Garrett previously commanded both the patrol and jail divisions in the sheriff's office.

Garrett is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves.

He has been deployed twice since 2001, including a year to Iraq where he earned the Bronze Star Medal.

He has been married for 23 years and has two school age children.