State Sheriff's Banquet honors Douglas County Sheriff's Office employees

Senior Deputy Andrew Renyer & Undersheriff Brian Sanders received honors at the 2017 State Sheriff's Banquet in Bend. (Photos courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

BEND, Ore. -- Two members of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were recently honored at the Oregon State Sheriff's Association annual awards banquet in Bend.

Senior Deputy Andrew Renyer was awarded the Jail Command Council's Deputy of the Year. This award is reserved for the men and women who serve in the capacity of corrections deputies, "who face many challenges each day," the sheriff's office said. "The daily operations performed by these members of law enforcement is vital to the operation of Oregon jails."

Senior Deputy Renyer was honored for his dedication, commitment and positive attitude as a Douglas County Sheriff's Corrections Deputy.

Senior Deputy Renyer assumed the assignment of jail release officer in January of 2017 and has performed those duties efficiently, officials said, adding the average daily population of the jail has decreased by 11 inmates, which results in considerable savings to the Sheriff's corrections operating budget.

In addition to his regular assignment, Senior Deputy Renyer oversees the inmate classification process. He has taken proactive measures to update and streamline the process, the sheriff's office said.

Senior Deputy Renyer has assisted the department in recent months by covering shift supervisor responsibilities in the absence of a sergeant. He regularly assists in other areas of operations of the department.

"Senior Deputy Renyer is self-motivated and has a good attitude. He can always be counted on to go above and beyond the expectations of the department," said Lt. Mike Root, jail commander.

Senior Deputy Renyer has worked for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since 2008.

Undersheriff Brian Sanders was nominated by Sheriff Hanlin and selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award.

This prestigious award is presented to a member of law enforcement who in the performance of his or her duties performs an act of outstanding or especially meritorious service while demonstrating selflessness and a devotion to duty.

Undersheriff Brian Sanders began his career with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 1989. He served as a patrol deputy, field training officer, tactical response team member and commander, street crimes investigator, patrol sergeant, DINT operations sergeant and patrol lieutenant. In 2009, he was promoted to Undersheriff where he has served since that time.

The Undersheriff was praised for his work in helping to build and maintain a high level of professionalism throughout the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. His ongoing work on the Sheriff's Office budget has been highly valued and respected, the sheriff's office said.

He was also praised for his "irreplaceable leadership and day-to-day management of the Sheriff's Office" following the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting.

Undersheriff Sanders officially retired on July 28, 2017. Since that time, he continues to fill the position at the request of Sheriff Hanlin until a transitional period takes effect in June of 2018.

Sheriff Hanlin said, "The Undersheriff's dedication, professionalism, leadership and friendship has been highly valued, and will be greatly missed in June."

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