Quintin Nelson was sworn in Jan. 6 by Hood River County Sheriff Matt English, on his first day as a deputy.
Nelson joins the Sheriff’s Office after serving more than 22 years with the U.S. Air Force’s 304th Rescue Squadron.
During his career with the military, Nelson was deployed to war zones around the world on numerous occasions. He served both as an enlisted man and as an officer, retiring as a major.
Nelson is scheduled to attend the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Basic Police Academy later this month. Following training, Nelson will be assigned to the office’s marine division, where he will be in charge of the program that patrols waterways within Hood River County.
Nelson replaces longtime Marine Deputy Mike Anderson, who is transferring to patrol.
“Quintin’s vast knowledge base and experience will be a huge asset to the community and the office’s marine and search and rescue programs,” said English. The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office has one of the larger Search and Rescue call volumes in the state, accounting for just under 100 calls for service in 2013.
Nelson, who currently resides in the Portland area, will relocate to Hood River with his wife and two young children soon.