Brandenburg First Woman to Serve as Clackamas County Sheriff

For the first time in the 175-year history of Clackamas County, a woman has been named sheriff.

Sheriff Angela Brandenburg officially stepped into her new role this week following the end-of-year retirement of Craig Roberts — who spent four terms as the county’s top cop.

She was previously Roberts’ undersheriff, or second-in-command, and was also the first woman to hold that position. Brandenburg won the office in the May 2020 primary among a field of four — including two other current or former CCSO officials.

She is the 33rd sheriff of Clackamas County since William Livingston Holmes first donned the badge in 1845.

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Brandenburg has served with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for 28 years, including as a reserve deputy, patrol deputy, civil deputy, patrol sergeant, civil sergeant and civil commander lieutenant.

She is also a military veteran who served nine years in the Oregon Army National Guard.

Before taking over as undersheriff in February 2019, Brandenburg served five years as the Director of A Safe Place Family Justice Center, and led CCSO’s Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT).

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