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Stayton Police Department

The Stayton Police Department is a full-service police agency lead by Police Chief Gwen Johns.


Under Chief Johns command, the Department is comprised of a Captain, two Patrol Sergeants, and nine Police Officers. The Department also employs one full-time and one part-time civilian employee who handle records and evidence responsibilities.

In addition to our paid staff, the Stayton Police Department has several dedicated volunteers. We are fortunate to employ several highly trained officers with specialized skills, which include, but are not limited to:


  • Motor Patrol
  • Firearms Instructors
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Instruction
  • ORPAT Instruction / Physical Fitness
  • Building Search Instruction
  • Force on Force Instruction
  • Taser Instruction
  • School Resource Officer
  • Standard Response Protocol Instruction (“I Love U Guys” Foundation)

The Police Department is located at 386 N. 3rd Ave. with access to law enforcement 24 hours a day. Our records staff is available Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. The office is closed between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. for lunch.


We are not equipped with a jail but do have a short term holding facility. Upon arrest, suspects are transported to the Marion County Jail located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE in Salem. If you have questions regarding an inmate’s status, please call the Marion County Jail at (503) 588-8595.


Our staff is always waiting to serve you. Please never hesitate to call us or stop by. We strive to provide excellent law enforcement services. 

Police Chief

Gwen Johns


Chief Gwen Johns was promoted to the Police Chief position in November 2022. She began with the Stayton Police Department in May 2020. While earning a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Western Oregon University, Chief Johns began her career in Marion County, gaining training and experience working with Marion County Parole and Probation. She served as a police officer for the cities of Newberg and Dundee for 26-1/2 years. During her years with NDPD, she was a Field Training Officer, D.A.R.E. officer, Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor, Training Coordinator, Deputy Medical Examiner, FTEP coordinator, ran a local youth safety camp (Safety Town), and served on the agency's honor guard. Chief Johns served as a Sergeant for NDPD for 16 years. Since 2008, she's been a driving instructor at DPSST, Oregon's police academy. Additionally, she has been a volunteer with Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) and the Special Olympics of Oregon since 1995, and volunteering a week each summer as a youth camp counselor at Camp Rosenbaum since 2003.


Police Captain


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