About the Sheriff
Sheriff Chuck E. Atkins
Sheriff Atkins is a 40-year veteran of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. He started his career as a patrol deputy before becoming a K9 handler. He worked with his K9 partner, Titan, for more than eight years, resulting in more than 300 captures. Chuck was promoted through the ranks, from sergeant and commander to assistant chief of the enforcement branch. He served as the Gang Task Force sergeant and SWAT/Special Operations commander. Sheriff Atkins is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Undersheriff John Chapman
John Chapman began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a deputy sheriff in Los Angeles County before joining the Vancouver Police Department in 1994. John has served as Chief Criminal Deputy for Clark County Sheriff’s Office since January 2015 before being appointed to undersheriff in February of 2020.
His experience includes patrol operations, gang investigations, SWAT and managing the Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concordia University in Portland and a Master of Public Affairs from Washington State University Vancouver. As undersheriff, his primary duties are to plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Sheriff's Office including administration, operations, planning and corrections.
Chief Criminal Deputy John Horch
John Horch is a 31-year law enforcement veteran of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. His career includes patrol, warrants, civil, bomb technician, Drug Task Force detective, patrol supervisor, Internal Affairs supervisor, precinct commander and investigations commander. A graduate of Hudson’s Bay High School in Vancouver, John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. As chief criminal deputy, he oversees the Sheriff’s Office enforcement operations, including special operations, events, patrol and investigations.
Chief Corrections Deputy Ric Bishop
A Clark County Sheriff’s Office veteran of more than 36 years, Ric Bishop has extensive experience in jail management. He is a well-known expert witness, speaker and consultant on the topic of risk identification and mitigation in local jails. Ric has an associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Clark College, is a graduate of the National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence program, and holds Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission certifications through the executive level. As chief corrections deputy, he oversees all jail operations.
Chief Civil Deputy Kari Schulz
Kari Schulz is a 23-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. She has experience in various areas of the Civil/Support Branch, including Records, executive support, managing Evidence, Logistics and Jail Industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Christian College in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from George Fox University. She has completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program and is a FEMA certified Public Information Officer. As chief civil deputy, Kari oversees all civil functions of the Sheriff’s Office, including agency support functions such as criminal and jail records, evidence, logistics, public disclosure, and jail industries.