About Us

  1. Headshot of Sheriff Bill Benedict

    Bill Benedict

    Sheriff

    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 2018 he was re-elected for a fourth 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 1971 with 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.


  1. Headshot of Undersheriff Ron Cameron

    Ron Cameron

    Undersheriff / Emergency Manager

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

    Undersheriff 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, Captain, and Chief Criminal Deputy for the Sheriff’s Office. Special assignments he has held include Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Officer, Forest Products Deputy, Drug Task Force detective and Drug Task Force Supervisor. Ron was selected for Undersheriff by Sheriff Benedict in 2015.

    Undersheriff Cameron lives in Port Angeles with his wife Janet. They have three adult sons, two of which have made their careers in criminal justice.


  1. Headshot of Chief Civil Deputy Alice Hoffman

    Alice Hoffman

    Chief Civil Deputy

    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 United States Coast Guard.


  1. Headshot of Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King

    Brian King

    Chief Criminal Deputy

    Chief King has been a law enforcement officer in Clallam County since 1995. He began his career as a Reserve Police Officer for the Forks Police Department. In 1996 he was hired as tribal police officer in La Push where he achieved the rank of sergeant. In 1999 he was hired as a police officer for the Forks Police Department where he served until becoming a deputy for the Clallam County Sheriff's Office in 2001.

    Chief Criminal Deputy King is a class of 1993 Forks High School graduate. He received his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Peninsula College in 1995 prior to attending Washington State University's Social Science Bachelorette distance learning program. Chief King has held the ranks of patrol deputy, detective, and sergeant. Special assignments he has held include School Resource Officer, K-9 Narcotics Detection Deputy, and CCSO Training Coordinator. Brian was selected as the Chief Criminal Deputy by Sheriff Benedict in 2015.

    Chief Deputy King lives in Port Angeles with his wife, Brenda, a High School History and English Teacher. They have two teenage children.


  1. Headshot of Chief Corrections Deputy Don Wenzl

    Don Wenzl

    Chief Corrections Deputy

    Chief Don Wenzl began his career with Clallam County in August of 1998. Chief Wenzl worked as a Corrections Deputy until January of 2010 when he promoted to the rank of Sergeant. During his tenure as Correction Sergeant, he initiated and supervised the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) 24/7 Sobriety Program for Clallam County. This program is nationally recognized to provide an alternative to incarceration and enable offenders to change self-defeating behaviors and stop re-offending. After assisting with the Corrections facility’s process to pass Accreditation in 2017, Chief Wenzl was appointed the Jail Accreditation Manager, and with the assistance of the other sergeants, the Corrections facility passed re-accreditation through the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

    Chief Corrections Deputy Don Wenzl, originally from Spokane Valley and a 1990 University High School graduate, moved to Port Angeles in 1997. He spent 13 years coaching his two daughters in soccer and still enjoys coaching at Storm King Athletic Club.

    Chief Wenzl lives in the Port Angeles area with his wife, Brenda and their dog, Coco.