The three Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies who will be serving full-time within the city of Sisters starting September 12, were announced last week. Sisters City Councilors had earlier had the opportunity to interview candidates for the positions. The full-time permanent lieutenant will be announced later this fall. Until that time, Lt. William Bailey is acting as the interim supervisor.

All three deputies are experienced members of the DCSO.

Deputy Bryan Morris, a resident of Sisters Country, will have a much shorter commute to work, as his previous assignment was as the resource officer at La?Pine High School. He has been assigned to the Sisters station since June 1. Bailey and Morris have conducted a number of foot patrols over the summer, meeting citizens and business owners, handing out business cards, and introducing themselves to provide name and face recognition.

“We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. We are excited for all of the deputies to be in place by September 12,” Bailey told The Nugget.

He indicated that the foot patrols will be part of the deputies’ routine duties.

“We want to be more than just the police force. We want to be part of the community,” Bailey said, noting particularly the current environment for police across the nation.

The other two deputies, Michael Hudson and Allie DeMars, are transferring to their new positions in Sisters from other county patrol teams. Deputy Brent Crosswhite, the resource officer for the Sisters School District, has been serving in Sisters this summer and will be patrolling as the “west district car” outside the Sisters city limits and will also work out of the Sisters substation. Additionally, there will be workspace available for the DCSO public information officer when in the area.

The interior of the police substation, located in the building on the southwest corner of North Larch and West Barclay Drive, is already looking different, with more workstations in place, a large conference table and chairs, and removal of some excess furniture to open up floor space. A separate office will provide space for the lieutenant. A new restroom will also be added to the station. Last year, the County purchased that entire building from a local citizen.

A covered parking area on the west side of the building will provide protection in the winter for the deputies’ vehicles. Sometime before September 12, the DCSO will be taking delivery of three cars and a pickup truck, all with the DCSO logo and indicating they are Sisters patrol units.

Deputies will be on duty seven days a week, with everyone scheduled for Fridays, when they will hold meetings, conduct trainings, and share relevant information face-to-face.

Bailey indicated there will be a public meet-and-greet in the substation parking lot after everyone has arrived and settled in.