Lincoln County Sheriff Curtis Landers and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Manager Jenny Demaris were both recognized at the annual Oregon Sheriff's Association Winter Conference held in Bend earlier this month. Sheriff Curtis Landers was recognized as the Sheriff of the Year and Jenny Demaris was recognized as the Emergency Manager of the Year.
In addition to receiving the Sheriff of the Year recognition, Sheriff Landers also received the OSSA President’s Special Recognition Award. Sheriff Landers has been nominated to the Vice President seat of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for the coming year. This was the first year OSSA presented a Emergency Manager of the Year award which comes after a new Emergency Manager’s Advisory Council to the Sheriffs was developed through OSSA earlier this year.
Nominated by her peers from across the state, Demaris was recognized for her “dedication to the profession and to the success of fellow emergency mangers. Jenny is always willing to go above and beyond to share work, plans, and other documents to help her colleagues’ success.” Demaris was also recognized for her “active involvement in the COVID and Echo Mountain Fire Complex responses, PPE management, communications, planning, exercises, and training. Additionally, EM Demaris was appointed Chair on the first committee to represent locals in the development of the OR-ALERT mass notification system
“These past two years were quite possibly the most difficult years our Emergency Management Division has faced in several decades, if not ever,” Sheriff Landers stated. “Jenny has worked through multiple emergency responses on behalf of the county and has traveled to other jurisdictions to assist during their emergencies as well. She is well deserving of this award for her efforts.”