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OSP Newport Drug Enforcement Detective Inducted into Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame
05/20/2009
Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson
Office: (541) 265-4924
 
Lieutenant Kelly Collins
Oregon State Police - Newport
Office: (541) 265-5354

An Oregon State Police Drug Enforcement Section detective, and long-time member of the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT), was inducted Friday into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame.
 
On May 15, 2009, at the annual Lincoln County Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet, District Attorney Rob Bovett announced the induction of OSP Detective John Meister into the Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. In what may have been a first for this award because of a tie, Detective Meister was inducted along with his wife, Christie, who is the sheriff department's Chief Civil Deputy.
 
The Lincoln County Law Enforcement Hall of Fame represents the highest award and honor that can be bestowed on someone from the Lincoln County law enforcement community. An independent committee consisting of a representative from each law enforcement agency operating in Lincoln County selects a person for induction but because there was a tie this year between Detective Meister and his wife, an exception was made and both were inducted.
 
Detective Meister joined OSP in 1979 and was initially assigned at the La Grande office. He transferred in 1985 to the Newport office, an area where he previously lived and worked as a reserve police officer for the Lincoln City Police Department before joining OSP. In 1987 he transferred from the OSP Patrol Services Division to the Drug Enforcement Section, being permanently assigned in 1991 as a Detective in the newly formed LINT inter-agency drug team. He is also a statewide leader and Board member of the Oregon Narcotics Enforcement Association.
 
District Attorney Bovett has known Meister for nearly 20 years and considers him an invaluable asset as a narcotics detective and an inspiration to everyone that has had he privilege to work with him.  Over the years, Meister has been instrumental in helping LINT achieve the highest levels of service.  LINT has received the narcotics unit of the year award four times, and in 2008 LINT was awarded narcotics team of the year by the Western States Intelligence Network.
 
"John is humble, but the truth is that he has the highest standards of personnel and professional ethics. He will be remembered by many for his integrity, honor, professionalism, and commitment to getting rid of drugs in our communities," said Bovett.
 
In addition to the induction of Detective John Meister and Chief Civil Deputy Christie Meister, four other members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the entire Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue team also received special recognition for their outstanding achievements over the past year.