Sheriff Travis AshBaker County Sheriff's Office
3410 K St
Baker City, OR 97814
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
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Winter, 2016 – Well, the election is over, and my first experience at running a campaign is behind me. I am looking forward to the next four years of service to our communities and will be counting my blessings this Thanksgiving with friends and family. I am extremely thankful for the support of my family, friends and all citizens of Baker County for trusting me to lead the Baker County Sheriff’s Office. This is a task that I do not take lightly and my commitment to my county and office will not waiver.
This past year, I have been focusing on the development of deputies and supervisors in the office, sending a corporal and a deputy to the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Command College, while making management training available to existing supervisors. We are also in the process of incorporating a training manager on a volunteer basis to help identify training needs within the office and for the management of training files. While this sounds simple, it is a task that requires a lot of organization and dedication. As our mission statement says, I am committed to employing a highly motivated, professionally trained team.
It has been a very busy fall, with the workload continuing to pile on while being short staffed on patrol, a common story for many police agencies. I am excited for the future of the Baker County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies, supervisors and support staff, have all stepped up and are working extra hard for our citizens. Our caseload in October surpassed the amount of cases that we took in total last year.
Two corrections deputies planned their retirement for October and November. Both employees have given over ten years’ service each to this office, and their friendship will be missed. Following the retirements, I am happy to welcome Michael Dunn and Chad Mills to our office. Both deputies were hired from the Baker County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Program. I have high expectations for them and feel confident they will be positive additions to this office.
As always, Baker County Sheriff’s Office is proud to provide the people of Baker County with professional law enforcement and public safety services with the compassion and concern that they deserve and expect.