Three Minutes with Randy Studebaker

Randy Studebaker

Lieutenant at Hermiston Police Department

When and why did you move to Hermiston?

I moved here in 2012, when I was hired by HPD, but I’ve been in the region for just over 15 years.

What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?

Home. My wife is an amazing cook. When we go out my first choice is usually prime rib at Hale’s.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like spending time with my family. Most of them are pretty okay, most of the time. We do a lot of camping, barbecues and road trips.

What surprises you about Hermiston?

The growth around here is exciting, but the people are awesome! I see unimaginably bad things at work, but I also see so many people doing amazing, selfless acts in our community. It reminds me the bad things I have to focus on are actually the rare exception rather than the societal norm. I truly feel blessed and humbled to do my little part. I love it here.

What was the last book you read?

“Night School,” by Lee Child. Part of the Jack Reacher series. Mindless stuff that keeps me entertained and turning pages.

What app or website do you use most often other than Facebook or Google?

YouTube or Netflix. Either a historical documentary or something that makes me laugh.

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?

Somewhere scenic and isolated, with no cell service, and maybe some RV hookups.

What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you?

I’m a terrible golfer but still enjoy playing. One time, as I tried to recover a ball from a water hazard, I lost my footing and ended up taking a swim, much to the amusement of all the witnesses. The next time we went to that golf course, there was a new sign that said no swimming. Oops.

What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?

We’re hoping to tackle a much-needed kitchen remodel project, which I’m dreading, but I’m excited about being done with it.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Somehow I made my wife think that marrying me was a good idea. She’s helped me raise a reasonably normal, well adjusted and polite son. I’m not sure how that happened with me for a father, but whatever we did seemed to work. He leaves next month for the Coast Guard and, eventually, he wants to be a police officer. I’m pretty proud of them.

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