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About the Sheriff's Office

Bill Benedict, Sheriff

^Arrow to Top^Sheriff Bill Benedict

Sheriff Bill Benedict

Sheriff Benedict began his law enforcement career with Clallam County as a deputy in 1995. He was promoted to Sergeant in April 2006 and elected sheriff in November 2006. In 2018 he was re-elected for a fourth term. Prior to becoming sheriff, he worked as a patrol deputy, patrol sergeant, boating safety officer, and undercover narcotics officer.

Sheriff Benedict graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971 with a liberal arts degree. He received a master's degree in applied physics (meteorology and oceanography) from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1988. Prior to entering law enforcement, Sheriff Benedict was a Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy flying in F-4’s and F-14s. He made numerous deployments to Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean Sea and Pacific Ocean. He retired from the Navy in 1994 with the rank of commander.

Sheriff Benedict lives in Sequim with his wife, Kathy. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.

^Arrow to Top^Undersheriff Ron Cameron

Undersheriff Ron Cameron

Undersheriff Cameron has been a law enforcement officer in Clallam County since 1979.  He began his career as a tribal officer in Neah Bay, achieving the rank of sergeant before becoming a deputy for the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office in 1985.  After serving five years as a deputy assigned to the west end detachments, Undersheriff Cameron transferred to the central detachments in Port Angeles and Sequim.

Undersheriff Cameron is a class of 1976 Port Angeles High School Graduate and has lived his entire life in Clallam County. He has held the ranks of patrol deputy, detective, patrol Sergeant, detective sergeant, Captain, and Chief Criminal Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office. Special assignments he has held include DARE Officer, Forest Products Deputy, Drug Task Force detective and Drug Task Force Supervisor.  Ron was selected for Undersheriff by Sheriff Benedict in 2015.

Undersheriff Cameron lives in Port Angeles with his wife Janet.
They have three adult sons, two of which have made their careers in criminal justice.

^Arrow to Top^Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King

Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King
Chief King has been a law enforcement officer in Clallam County since 1995. He began his career as a Reserve Police Officer for the Forks Police Department. In 1996 he was hired as tribal police officer in La Push where he achieved the rank of sergeant. In 1999 he was hired as a police officer for the Forks Police Department where he served until becoming a deputy for the Clallam County Sheriff's Office in 2001.

Chief Criminal Deputy King is a class of 1993 Forks High School graduate. He received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Peninsula College in 1995 prior to attending Washington State University's Social Science Bachelorette distance learning program. Chief King has held the ranks of patrol deputy, detective, and sergeant. Special assignments he has held include School Resource Officer, K-9 Narcotics Detection Deputy, and CCSO Training Coordinator. Brian was selected as the Chief Criminal Deputy by Sheriff Benedict in 2015.

Chief Deputy King lives in Port Angeles with his wife, Brenda, a High School History and English Teacher. They have two teenage children.

^Arrow to Top^Chief Corrections Deputy Don Wenzl

Chief Corrections Deputy Don Wenzl
Chief Don Wenzl began his career with Clallam County in August of 1998. Chief Wenzl worked as a Corrections Deputy until January of 2010 when he promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his tenure as Correction Sergeant, he initiated and supervised the W.A.S.P.C 24/7 Sobriety Program for Clallam County.  This program is nationally recognized to provide an alternative to incarceration and enable offenders to change self-defeating behaviors and stop re-offending. After assisting with the Corrections facility’s process to pass Accreditation in 2017, Chief Wenzl was appointed the Jail Accreditation Manager, and with the assistance of the other sergeants, the Corrections facility passed re-accreditation through the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Chief Corrections Deputy Don Wenzl, originally from Spokane Valley and a 1990 University High School graduate, moved to Port Angeles in 1997.  He spent 13 years coaching his two daughters in soccer and still enjoys coaching at Storm King Athletic Club.

Chief Wenzl lives in the Port Angeles area with his wife, Brenda and their dog, Coco.

^Arrow to Top^Chief Civil Deputy Alice Hoffman

Chief Civil Deputy Alice Hoffman
Chief Hoffman began her administrative career with Clallam County in January of 1983.  She was hired as a Records Specialist and worked in that position until July 1990 when she was promoted to the rank of Support Services Supervisor.  After serving as a supervisor for 11 years she was selected in September of 2001 to serve as Chief Civil Deputy. 

Chief Civil Deputy Alice Hoffman is a class of 1979 Port Angeles High School Alumni.  She trained as an office professional in the private sector before choosing a career in law enforcement management. 

Chief Hoffman lives in Port Angeles with her husband Steve.   They have one daughter and son-in-law in the Port Angeles area, and one daughter and son-in-law serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.


^Arrow to Top^Mission Statement

The Clallam County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing Ethical, Quality, and Responsive Service to the community with Pride and Professionalism. This commitment encompasses the improvement of quality of life for those we serve, by delivering the highest standard of law enforcement services.

^Arrow to Top^Organizational Values

Commitment to Service

  • The primary duty of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office is to safeguard lives and property, while respecting the human and Constitutional rights of all.

Commitment to Community Involvement

  • Community partnerships are critical elements of our organization. Cooperation and communication with our citizens and businesses is the framework for successful Community Oriented Policing.

Commitment to our Employees

  • Our employees are the greatest and most valuable assets of our organization; and that through regular training, education, career development, exemplary leadership and organizational support, our employees will reach the highest standards of performance and professional satisfaction, while serving the needs of our community.

Commitment to Responsibility and Accountability

  • The prudent and effective management of our resources is critical to the future of our organization.

^Arrow to Top^Vision

The vision of Clallam County Sheriff's Department is to foster an environment where citizens feel safe and take pride and comfort in the quality of life in our community; and that the quality of life will be positively impacted by the incorporation of community oriented policing strategies, positive leadership, contemporary technologies, and efficient and effective use of resources in the delivery of all law enforcement services.