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Justice Center
5995 Long Prairie Rd
Tillamook, OR 97141

Sheriff's Office
Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:00

Monday - Friday
9:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 4:00

Community Corrections
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 12:00 & 1:00 - 5:00

State Police
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 5:00

24 hours

Emergency Management
Monday - Friday
8:00 - 4:00




Tillamook County Sheriff’s Chaplain Program

The mission of Tillamook County Public Safety Chaplaincy is to provide emotional and spiritual support to public safety personnel and to citizens that experience traumatic events.

John Elms

Chaplain John Elms knows the stresses of police work after serving 30 years as an officer with Albuquerque and Los Angeles Police Departments and as a Postal Inspector. John’s unique gifts and life time of service in law enforcement has enabled him to minister to law enforcement personnel and their families. John responds to the needs of law enforcement officers and community crises such as fatal accidents, suicides, homicides, and domestic issues. He is also certified in Critical Incident Stress Management.

John is a Master Level Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

John is also a national disaster responder. He has used his training and spiritual gifts to minister to survivors of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and air crashes, including the World Trade Center attacks in New York City.

John has been married to Carol, also a chaplain, for over 40 years.
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Carol Elms

Chaplain Carol Elms, a retired educator, has been married to John Elms, a law enforcement officer and chaplain for over 40 years. She has personally experienced the stresses police families encounter as they support their officers. She knows the needs of the families of first responders, especially police officers.

Carol understands the importance of the family and the need for compassion after the loss of a loved one. She specializes in providing care for families in times of trauma. Carol is a master level chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains. She is also a Certified Instructor with the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Carol is a national disaster responder with the American Red Cross. She has ministered to survivors after the World Trade Center bombing, Hurricane Katrina, Joplin tornados and other local and national disasters.
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John and Carol contact: (503) 812-8518

Chaplain Dan Mason

Chaplain Dan Mason was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He was raised in a Christian home by two godly parents. Throughout Dan’s childhood, he was planning on being a police officer. At age sixteen, Dan felt the call to full time ministry on his life. After finishing high school, he attended Moody Bible Institute in Spokane. He met his beautiful wife while attending Bible school and married her in 2005. After graduation they  applied to serve with Village Missions. Not only did Dan feel the call to serve in pastoral ministry, but he felt especially called to serve with Village Missions  in rural America. Over the past decade the Masons have served in three Village Missions churches. They are currently serving Pacific Coast Bible Church in Pacific City, Oregon.

     Some of Dan's passions are target shooting, bicycling, playing guitar, and spending time with his family.


Linton Whittles

Chaplain Linton Whittles was born and raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he met and married his wife, Wynne. They have been happily married for forty two years. Linton completed his education at Baylor University with a major in Religion and a minor in Sociology. After college Linton joined the Marine Corps and went through officer training at Quantico, Virginia. Following additional training in Artillery, he did a tour in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969 serving with both infantry and artillery, mostly along the DMZ with the Third Marine Division. Linton finished his time in the Marines at Camp Lejeune. Upon discharge from the Marine Corps, the couple shipped all of their things, sight unseen, to Tillamook, Oregon.

"We immediately fell in love with Tillamook County, and have been residents here at Sandlake since January of 1971. We have three children and ten grandchildren, seven of whom are boys. I have been a pastor here in South County for the past 38 years." For the last few years Linton has served as a chaplain for the Nestucca Rural Fire Protection District. Linton's recreational interests include: bow-hunting; fishing; scuba diving and shooting.
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Revised March 14, 2017


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