Chief (retired) Donald Jeter grew up in Northern California where he graduated from Orland High School in 1978 and attended Butte Community College obtaining a degree in Social Science/Criminal Justice. Don attended Weber State University on a football scholarship in 1981.
Don married Karen Quail in 1981 in Northern California and moved to Southern Oregon after being hired by the Oregon State Police in 1984, based out of the Medford Patrol Office. Don had numerous, varied assignments while employed with the Oregon State Police to include Patrol Trooper as well as Detective attached to several task forces to include the DEA and the Major Crimes team within the Oregon State Police. Don also was an officer safety/patrol tactics instructor within the Oregon State Police as well as training city and county law enforcement officers at the DPSST academy in Salem, Oregon. Don was named “Patrol Division Employee of the Year” in 2009 for the State of Oregon.
Retiring from the Oregon State Police as a Patrol Senior Trooper in 2010, Don was immediately hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs in White City, Oregon as a Police Office, promoting to Detective, Captain, and then Chief of Police in 2017. During his tenure at the V.A., Don focused on reorganizing the department to provide opportunities to all officers who were seeking to better themselves. This included bringing 21st Century Policing concepts to the VAPD to include outside ethics training from the ETHOS Consulting Team along with bringing current recognized training concepts to officers under his direction. Don also focused on partnering and training with outside agencies to provide a safe environment for all Veterans and staff at the Department of Veteran Affairs. Don believes that engaged, caring employees with a solid ethical foundation sets the stage for agencies to succeed and provide professional, unbiased service that their customers deserve and expect.
In May of 2020, Don retired from the Department of Veteran affairs at the rank of Chief of Police after 36 years in law enforcement. Don and Karen currently reside in Winchester, Oregon. They have 4 adult children, Don, Scott, Jill and Molly along with 2 grandchildren.