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Experience

Kent By The Numbers

29

YEARS OF LEADERSHIP 
EXPERIENCE

3423

HOURS OF
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

2379

HOURS OF
TEACHING & MENTORSHIP

8

YEARS OF
COLLEGIATE EDUCATION

Where Leadership Meets Knowledge

Kent possesses a strong track record of effectively overseeing law enforcement operations across various tiers. He has notably emphasized community policing initiatives and delivered adept leadership, training, and guidance to law enforcement professionals at local and state levels. Kent's extensive mentoring background encompasses guiding new officers and overseeing senior investigators and international counterparts, facilitating the infiltration and disruption of criminal networks.

Managing a substantial budget, similar to the one at the Sheriff's Office, demands a blend of knowledge, experience, and fiscal prudence. Regular budget assessments are imperative to uphold financial responsibility and preserve the organization's commitment to the public's trust and tax funds.

 

Boasting over 29 years of executive business management, budgeting, and accounting experience, which encompass the successful establishment and expansion of multiple enterprises, Kent is uniquely poised to offer the precise fiscal and executive stewardship that the Sheriff's Office urgently requires.

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Law Enforcement Experience

  • Sergeant - Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team

  • Sergeant - Deschutes County Illicit Marijuana Enforcement

  • Sergeant - Patrol Division - Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

  • Sergeant - sUAV / Drone Team Leader

  • Sergeant - Major Investigations Team - Tri-County

  • Special Federal Officer - Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • SWAT Team Leader - Tactical Medic & Drone Teams

  • Detective - Criminal Investigations

  • Detective - Major Investigations Team - Tri-County

  • Detective - Street Crimes Unit

  • Detective - Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team

  • Field Training Officer

  • Background Investigator

  • Drug Recognition Expert 

  • Deputy Sheriff - Patrol

  • Reserve Deputy - Special Services / Search & Rescue

  • Reserve Deputy - Patrol

  • Search and Rescue Medic and Pilot Volunteer

Mentoring & Teaching

  • Field Training Officer

  • Professional Coaching Mentoring 

  • CPR / AED / Narcan instructor

  • Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Mentor

  • DUII / Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

  • Drug Recognition Expert Instructor - National

  • Intoxylizer 8000 Operator Instructor

  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care Instructor

  • Recognizing and Managing Abnormal Breathing Instructor

Business Experience

  • President / CEO - Oracle Funding Corporation

  • Principal Broker / Owner - Eagle Equity Services

  • Owner - Red Hammock Hospitality

  • Managing Partner - Full Card Interactive / Buffalo Studios

Education

  • Masters of Business Administration - Emphasis in Public and Government Administration

  • Bachelor of Science - Business Management and Bio-Sciences

Professional Training & Experience

  • FBI-LEEDA Executive Leadership Institute

  • FBI-LEEDA Command Leadership Institute

  • ​FBI-LEEDA Supervisory Leadership Institute

  • DEA Basic Investigator Academy

  • Oregon State Sheriff's Association Command College #32

  • ETHOS Leadership Academy

  • Oregon Center for Policing Excellence Supervision Leadership Academy #25

  • USC Executive Leadership Institute

  • DPSST Supervisory Academy

  • Oregon Regional Forensic Academy

  • Western States Narcotics Supervisor Academy

  • National Drug Coalition Management Academy

  • CNOA Supervisory & Management Training 

Community & Volunteer Service

  • CLEAR Alliance - President, Board of Directors

  • Latin Community Association - Volunteer - Citizenship Tutor

  • Angel Flight West - Volunteer Pilot

  • Redmond Area Community Coalition - Volunteer Member

  • Deschutes County Facility Project Review Committee - Appointed Board Member

  • Governor's Advisory Committee on DUII - Program Liaison

  • Boy Scouts of America - Volunteer SCUBA and Aviation Merit Badge Instructor

  • Rotary Club of Greater Bend - Volunteer Member

  • Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program - Volunteer Youth Mentor

Hobbies

  • SCUBA Instructor and Diver

  • Private Pilot

  • Avid Traveler

  • Photography and Videography 

  • Ice Hockey

  • Motorcycle Road Trips

  • Camping 

Professional Association
Membership

  • FBI / Law Enforcement Executive Association

  • Oregon Narcotic Enforcement Association

  • Oregon State Sheriff's Association

  • City Club of Central Oregon

  • Central Oregon Association of Realtors

  • International Narcotics Interdiction Association

  • Redmond Chamber of Commerce

  • Airborne Public Safety Association

Awards & Recognition

  • FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association's Trilogy Award - In 2023, Kent was recognized by FBI - LEEDA for his commitment to advance the science and art of law enforcement leadership and promote the exchange of information to improve law enforcement management practice, through intensive training, education, and networking among police professionals across the United States and beyond.

  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving - 2023 Achievement & Recognition for his dedication to serving the Central Oregon community for twelve years as a Drug Recognition Expert, DRE Instructor, SFST and Intoxilyzer 8000 instructor, as well as his skills and diligence as an investigator that has saved lives and helped provide justice for victims and their families. 

  • White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) 2020 Award for Outstanding Public Health/Public Safety Collaborative Effort; while a Member-at-Large with the CLEAR Alliance Board by Directors by White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s · Feb 2020

  • 2018 Award for Outstanding Investigation Impact by a CODE Investigation, in cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation by Oregon HIDTA and Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association · Jul 2018

  • 2017 Award for Individual Investigative Excellence by Oregon HIDTA and Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association · Jul 2017

  • Deschutes County DUII Investigator of the Year by Deschutes County District Attorney's Office · Mar 2012

  • "Top 40 Under 40" Award by Cascade Business News · Apr 2010 - Kent was recognized for his successful long term business entrepreneurship and his social and philanthropic commitment to central Oregon. 

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