Chuck Atkins is running for Clark County Sheriff after a successful thirty-five year career with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.  He started as a patrol deputy in 1977 and worked his way through the ranks up to Assistant Chief of the Enforcement Branch.  Along the way Chuck earned many accolades from his supervisors, local and state officials, and ultimately a presidential citation from President Bill Clinton.

Chuck graduated from Columbia River High School in 1972.  Married the love of his life, Lorna, and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.  Lorna had her own successful career with the Evergreen School District and recently retired after twenty-three years of service.

Chuck and Lorna raised two beautiful children and currently enjoy spoiling seven grandchildren.

During Chuck’s career with the sheriff’s office, he earned the respect and admiration of his peers through a combination of hard work, perseverance, and most importantly, a true desire to help people and to make Clark County a wonderful place to live.

Chuck had the opportunity to serve in a variety of assignments including seven years as a K-9 handler working with his K-9 partner Titan.  During their time together, Chuck and Titan made many apprehensions and even more wonderful memories as Chuck introduced Titan to school children throughout Clark County.  Chuck also served for many years as a SWAT commander, Gang Task Force supervisor, and Tactical Detective Unit supervisor.

A highlight of Chuck’s career was being selected to attend the FBI National Academy executive leadership course in 2008.  This prestigious three-month leadership course is often considered a mandatory requirement for candidates wishing to move into executive positions in law enforcement.

Over the next several months you’ll have the opportunity to get to know Chuck and to understand why he wants to be the next Clark County Sheriff.  As you get to know Chuck you’ll find that he is a man of integrity, competence, and that he possesses a true desire to make Clark County a great place to live and work.