Conservators of the Peace

Baker County

Sheriff Travis Ash

Baker County Sheriff's Office

3410 K St
Baker City, OR 97814

tel: 541-523-6415
fax: 541-523-9219

About Sheriff Ash

Sheriff Travis Ash was appointed to the office of Baker County Sheriff on May 1st, 2015, to fulfill retired Sheriff Mitch Southwick’s term of office. Ash was recommended for the position by Sheriff Southwick and unanimously chosen for the job by Baker County Commissioners after a public interview process. Sheriff Ash is a law enforcement veteran with 20 years of experience.

Sheriff Ash is a 1993 Baker County graduate of Pine Eagle High School in Halfway, Oregon. He began his law enforcement career in Enterprise, Oregon, as a cadet with the Oregon State Police and reserve deputy for the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office. In 1998, Ash was hired by then Prineville Police Chief Jim Soules as a patrol officer for the City of Prineville Police Department. Ash served the City of Prineville from 1998-2005 in a variety of capacities including: detective, school resource officer, armorer, defensive tactics instructor, mounted patrol unit, presidential security detail, Central Oregon SWAT/CERT team, and field training officer. While in Prineville, he was also certified as a drug recognition expert.

In 2005, Sheriff Ash and his wife decided to move home to Baker County to raise their two children and Travis was hired by Sheriff Southwick as a patrol deputy. He has risen through the ranks at the Baker County Sheriff’s Office, serving as detective, patrol sergeant, and patrol lieutenant. Sheriff Ash served on the Eastern Oregon Regional SWAT Team and maintains his DRE Certification. This year, he also completed his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University with minors in Psychology and Biology.

In 2007, Travis Ash and OSP Senior Trooper Chris Hawkins earned national recognition and the Harold R. Berg Lifesaving Award for “dedication, perseverance, and investigative effort” in successfully locating 76-year-old Doris Anderson, 13 days after she had been reported missing in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Ash brings that same dedication, perseverance, investigative effort, and commitment to community partnerships to his current role as Sheriff.

Sheriff Ash is committed to children and youth in Baker County. Professionally, he has been actively involved in community outreach with area schools as a job shadow and senior project mentor, guest speaker, drug awareness educator, event partner, and emergency preparedness advisor. In his personal life, whether it’s helping paint inside the school, chaperoning a band trip, or cooking breakfast at basketball camp, he is an active parent-volunteer for his children’s schools and other activities.

Sheriff Ash serves on the board for New Directions, Baker County’s mental health provider, and is a member of the local Lions Club. He is also an avid outdoorsman and dedicated family man. He and his wife, Katie, have been married 19 years and have two school-age children.

About the Baker County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – With any luck, as you read this article, the valley snow will finally have melted, and we will be enjoying spring and warmer weather. This has been a very long, cold winter where we saw many days with heavy snow and near record-setting sub-zero temperatures. Keeping up with “mother nature” has kept everyone busy, but as usual, hardy Baker County folks rose to the challenge, helping friends, neighbors, and even strangers when needs arose; and, of course, a positive by-product of a snowy winter is that we will hopefully be going into spring and summer with a better water outlook than in recent years.

This winter, the Baker County Chamber of Commerce asked me to nominate a deputy to be recognized as a “Hometown Hero.” I agonized over this and ultimately was unable to single out just one person from our office to recognize. I submitted the following letter, recognizing all deputies at the Baker County Sheriff’s Office:

The Baker County Sheriff’s Office works diligently to provide the best service possible to Baker County residents and visitors. It would be impossible to choose a single deputy because we have so many dedicated men and women working both individually and collectively for the benefit of our community.

This winter there have been individual deputies, unbidden and out of their own pockets who provided a hotel room to a young mother who damaged her car on the freeway during a storm. Deputies also paid for tow service and RV space rental to assist an elderly lady who was stuck in the snow and stranded in our community. These extra steps that deputies take in addition to their everyday work exemplify the spirit of public service. Further, their dedication to our community does not end when their shift does. Baker County Sheriff’s Office personnel are seen outside of work hours not only helping out friends and neighbors, but also volunteering throughout the year for 4-H and FFA programs, as well as school, church, and other community events.

In a recent inspection report, our Baker County Jail was commended for being such a clean, well-run facility. This is a direct result of how deputies treat inmates and operate in a professional manner.

Through Parole and Probation, we have been able to bring work crews back to our communities and also provide additional treatment services to those who are incarcerated. Our dedicated team works hard to assist those who have found themselves on the wrong side of the law to work towards a more positive future. Patrol deputies keep our communities safe in a variety of ways: from investigating crimes, ensuring traffic safety, responding to emergencies and most recently staying busy assisting stranded motorists in winter weather.

This is a very brief description of your Sheriff’s Office. They are not just law enforcement deputies. They are men and women who are your friends, family, and neighbors. I would like to recognize the entire team at the Baker County Sheriff’s Office for a job well done. We will always strive to keep our community a safe place to live, work, visit and raise our families.

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Message from the OSSA President

washington-pat-garrettAs the newly elected president, I am honored to represent all 36 Oregon sheriffs.

The sheriff has historically been the chief executive officer of the county, and this is still true under Oregon law. Elected by you and answering directly to the voters, your sheriff can be an effective voice of the people in the serious work of protecting the community. OSSA enables us to work together to serve you best.

By way of introduction, I am in my second term as the Washington County Sheriff, where deputies serve over a half million residents across 727 square miles of rural areas, urban communities, and cities. Our deputies also operate the only county jail. While Oregon counties are diverse in terms of climate, population, and economic drivers, your sheriffs work together to solve problems and challenges that we have in common.

The sheriffs of America have always played a significant role in the history of our nation; in fact, the office of Sheriff was the first county office established in the United States. Also, the first person to read the Declaration of Independence publicly was Philadelphia Sheriff John Nixon in Pennsylvania in 1776.

I look forward to working together to strengthen the office of Sheriff and the communities we proudly serve. Thank you for your continued support of the men and women on shift every day to keep our diverse and proud communities safe.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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