Matt Oller has filed as a Republican candidate for the Office of Sheriff in Audrain County. Oller is 43 years old, and is a 22 year veteran law enforcement officer, spending the last 14 of those years with the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office.
Oller and his family, which include his wife Suzanne (Walton), a lifelong county resident, two children and two step-children, live in rural Thompson. He graduated from the Dupo Community High School in Illinois in 1990, and is a US Army veteran, serving during Operation Desert Storm.
Oller currently serves as the Chief Deputy at the Audrain County Sheriff’s office, and has worked in patrol, investigations, supervision of patrol deputies and investigators, narcotics enforcement, child abuse investigations and administration. Oller has accumulated over 2,500 hours of Law Enforcement training in his career and he is certified by the Missouri POST Commission as a Generalist police instructor, as well as a Specialist instructor in the areas of firearms and hazardous materials. He is a member of the NRA and certified by the NRA as a police handgun and shotgun instructor, as well as a certified less lethal munitions instructor. Oller also has certification from the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office as a fire and arson investigator, and serves as an adjunct police instructor for the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Training Academy. He added that he has taught CCW classes for numerous area citizens over the years as a member of the Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Training Academy.
Oller said Audrain County should be proud of its sheriff’s office and the level of service it provides its citizens.
“Over the past 32 years Sheriff Stuart Miller has built what I feel is one of the best sheriff’s offices in the state for its size,” Oller said. “He has laid a great foundation, but as we evolve and time marches on, changes will become necessary after his retirement. The good news is he will have left us in the best position possible to improve it, provided the right person is there to follow through.”
When talking about why he feels is the right choice for the office, Oller said, “I have been blessed that my career has progressed to where it is today. If there were something lacking with my policing practices, supervision skills or leadership abilities, it would have become evident by now and that progression would have stopped. It’s going to take experience to effectively oversee 40+ employees who provide a wide array of services that range from bookkeeping to patrol to operations of a 103 bed jail, and do that within the confines of a set budget. 17 years of my career have involved being a supervisor, so I have In 2001, Oller received a commendation for Drug Enforcement from the Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office, the Distinguished Service Award from the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri in 2005, and was named Audrain County’s Deputy Sheriff of the Year in 2011. With regard to why he chose to run for Sheriff, Oller said, “Along my career path I had never considered running for office, but six months ago with Sheriff Miller’s retirement announcement, I realized that if someone not familiar with our sheriff’s office and not familiar with needs of the county were elected, there was a real chance that service to the county would be altered in a negative way. Since my wife’s immediate family members are all rooted in rural Centralia and rural Mexico, my family is rooted in the area between Mexico and Centralia, and my sister and her family live in Vandalia, I have a vested interested in the safety of the entire county, and I don’t want to trust that to just anyone.”