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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 2010 he was re-elected for a second 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 1971with 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 Peregrin

Undersheriff Ron Peregrin

Undersheriff Peregrin began his law enforcement career with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife in 1967 and was stationed in Yakima, Moses Lake, Puyallup and Olympia. He served as an Officer, Detective and Deputy Chief retiring in 1999 to return to active duty as a Special Agent in the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) in Port Angeles. After serving as the CGIS Resident Agent in Charge for 7 ½ years in Port Angeles he was selected by Sheriff Benedict for Undersheriff of Clallam County in 2007.

Undersheriff Peregrin received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Green River College in 1975. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1966 deploying to the Western Pacific and served 32 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve retiring as a Chief Petty Officer in 2007.

Undersheriff Peregrin lives in Sequim with his wife Sharon. They have two adult sons and four grandchildren.

^Arrow to Top^Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron

Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron

Chief 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 Sherriff’s Office in 1985.  After serving five years as a deputy assigned to the west end detachments, Chief Cameron transferred to the central detachments in Port Angeles and Sequim.

Chief Criminal Deputy 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, and Captain 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 Chief Criminal Deputy by Sheriff Benedict in 2007.

Chief Deputy 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 Corrections Deputy Ron Sukert

Chief Corrections Deputy Ron Sukert
Chief Sukert began his corrections career with Clallam County in 1980.  He was the first Corrections Officer hired for the September opening of the then “new” jail.  Chief Sukert worked as a Corrections Officer until January 1982 when he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  After serving as a Sergeant for nearly twenty five years he was selected in November of 2006 to serve as the Chief Corrections Deputy.

Chief Corrections Deputy Sukert is a class of 1973 Sequim High School Alumni.  He worked several years as a Carpenters Apprentice with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Pile Drivers Local 1303. In December of 1975 he enlisted in the United States Air Force (USAF) and graduated from the USAF Basic Law Enforcement Academy in 1976. Chief Sukert attained the rank of Sergeant and served as the Detention Facility Supervisor at Travis AFB, California. He received his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement from Peninsula College in 1988.

Chief Sukert lives in Sequim with his wife Gail.  They have one adult son, daughter-in-law and one grandchild.

^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.