About Chief Edmiston

Chief Edmiston began his law enforcement career in 1996 serving as a reserve officer for the Umatilla Police Department.  In 1997, he was hired full-time by the Hermiston Police Department.  He was promoted to sergeant in 2004, lieutenant in 2005, acting chief in late 2011 and appointed the 18th chief of police for the city in May of 2012.

Chief Edmiston has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has started work on a Master’s Degree of Public Administration.  He has been fortunate enough to have received a significant amount of training in his career to include several leadership courses such as the University of Arkansas Rural Executive Management Institute (2011), the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leading by Legacy course (2010), Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command (2007), University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service LEAD (Leading, Educating and Developing) course (2007), and the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration School of Police Supervision (2005).

Chief Edmiston currently serves as a director on the board for the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and Umatilla-Morrow Head Start.  He is an active member of the Hermiston Masonic Lodge #138 and is a Hermiston Sports Booster supporting area youth.

Chief Edmiston and his wife were both raised in the Hermiston area and love the diversity, the weather, and the overall friendliness of the community.


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