Sheriff John WardCurry County Sheriff's Office
94235 Moore Street, Suite 311
Gold Beach, OR 97444
29808 Colvin Street
Gold Beach, OR 97444
About Sheriff Ward
John Ward was appointed by the Curry County Board of Commissioners on August 26, 2014 as the new Sheriff of Curry County effective October 1, 2014. Sheriff John Ward has held several law enforcement certificates including the Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisor and currently holds a Management Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Sheriff Ward has worked for the Curry County Sheriff’s Office for twenty five years and has served as a Patrol Deputy, Detective, Patrol Sergeant and Lieutenant since he was hired in November 1990.
In 2005, as a Patrol Sergeant, Sheriff Ward was assigned Search and Rescue Coordinator and has been a member of SARAC (Search and Rescue Advisory Council), a member of CORSAR (California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue) and also a member of the OSSA Enforcement Command Council. In 2013 as a Patrol Lieutenant and 2nd in Command, Sheriff Ward was recognized by OSSA as Search and Rescue Coordinator of the Year. Sheriff Ward has been recognized by the Oregon State Marine Board and by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for four separate lifesaving awards.
Sheriff John Ward was born and raised in Gold Beach and raised his family there. During his law enforcement career, he has been very active with the community and schools. Sheriff Ward was the Gold Beach High School golf coach for four years during the time his son and daughter were in high school.
“I never imagined I would be in the position I am today as the Sheriff of Curry County, it was certainly something I never planned for. I know the challenges we will face and I also know that we have very dedicated employees and we will do the best that we can with the resources we have. I have worked for five different Sheriff’s during my career here at the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and I have learned from them all. What I have learned has given me the tools to be successful with what we can control and understand and accept what we can’t control. If you’re sincere, honest and sympathetic, then you will earn the respect the positon calls for and you will be successful.”
About the Curry County Sheriff's Office
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Winter, 2016 – When it rains, it pours as they say. Literally, October was a very wet month along with some pretty good winter storms here in Curry County. We have been kept busy with Search and Rescue from a month-long search this last July for a plane that crashed into the ocean, to the latest ongoing search for a forty-one-year-old man from Coos County who went missing while hunting in the Shasta Costa Drainage of the Bear Camp Mountain area on October 14th. This area is one of the largest rugged areas without a road system in Curry County. The missing man and his twenty-one-year-old son both became lost in the same area at different times the same day. Search crews from counties all over the State of Oregon and Northern California searched the vast, rugged area and found the son two and a half miles in from where he entered, four days after he became lost. He was airlifted out of the area by the Coast Guard and flown to Coos Bay where he spent five days in the hospital suffering from hypothermia. The organized ground search continued through October 28th with no sign of the father. Friends and family continue to organize small search parties but have yet to turn up any clues as to what happened or where the missing man could be. The number of non-SAR personnel and volunteers who turned out to help was at times overwhelming, but we were able to manage the search. Donations of food and supplies poured in from Coos and Curry Counties by the truckloads for this search.
We are still limping along due to the financial issue the county has, but we have been lucky to fill some open patrol positions with a couple of guys with prior experience and certifications from other states. What happens during this next budget process will determine whether we can keep the positions we have now.