Jim Burge Appointed Sheriff

Published: 12/26/2007

On Wednesday, December 26, 2007, at the weekly Board of Commissioners meeting, Undersheriff Jim Burge was appointed Sheriff (effective January 1, 2008), to serve the remainder of Sheriff Chris Brown's term which ends December 31, 2008.

Sheriff Brown has accepted a position with the Oregon State Police overseeing the Public Safety Services Bureau effective January 1, 2008.

Undersheriff Burge began his law enforcement career in 1983, as a Deputy Sheriff in Laramie County, Wyoming. Prior to that, he served four years in the United States Air Force as a Security Specialist at FE Warren AFB. In December 1986, he was hired by the Roseburg Police Department and served as a patrol officer, detective, and patrol corporal. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1999. He also served as a Crime Prevention Officer, Neighborhood Watch and Block Coordinator, Emergency Response Team (ERT) member, leader, and Tactical Operations Commander.

Undersheriff Burge has been second in command of the department since Sheriff Brown was appointed Sheriff in June 2003.