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.

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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