Former Sheriff convicted

John Bishop, a former Curry County sheriff and executive director of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, was found guilty Nov. 22 of stealing from the sheriff’s association, according to The Oregonian in Portland.

Bishop was convicted of felony first-degree theft for stealing from the nonprofit lobbying organization that represents the 36 elected sheriffs in Oregon.

He has been ordered to pay $13,000 in restitution to the association, and was sentenced to two years of probation and 189 hours of community service.

As part of a plea deal, his Department of Public Safety Standards and Training certification was revoked.

The charges arose from “inappropriate expenditures” by the 57-year-old Bishop that surfaced during a review of financial records. Some of those questionable expenditures included Bluetooth headphones, Apple AirPods, a wireless gaming headset for an Xbox, lunch purchases, items with missing receipts, whited-out receipts, and web-based football playbook software, according to the Department of Justice investigation, as reported in The Oregonian.

Bishop retired in 2014 as Curry County’s sheriff, where he had served since 2008, to run for the sheriff’s association position.


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