Sheriff Dave WardHarney County Sheriff's Office
485 Court St
Burns, OR 97720
Harney County Sheriff’s site
About Sheriff Ward
David Ward was appointed the new Harney County Sheriff and took his oath of office on January 2, 2015. He will serve out the remainder of Sheriff Dave Glerup’s term until the next general election in November 2016.
Sheriff Ward grew up in Drain, Oregon, a small rural community of about 1000 people in Douglas County, Oregon. After graduation, David enlisted in the United States Army where he served 21 years of combined service between active duty, the Oregon Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. During his military career he served as a Combat Medic, a PATRIOT Missile Systems Operator/Maintainer, and a Drill Sergeant, along with serving combat tours in Somalia and Afghanistan. Sheriff Ward started his law enforcement career as a Corrections Deputy with Lake County Sheriff ’s office in 2002 and also gained experience with the Oregon Department of Corrections in the Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lake County, Oregon. In 2005, David and his family moved to Burns while he continued working for the Lake County Sheriff ’s Office until 2007, when he was hired on with the Harney County Sheriff ’s Office. During Sheriff Ward’s law enforcement career, he has been certified as a Corrections Deputy, Parole and Probation Officer, and a Patrol Deputy. During his training at DPSST, David received the George L. Tooley Top Shooter Award, Victor G. Atiyeh Outstanding Student Award, and Defensive Tactics Award.
About the Harney County Sheriff's Office
OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News
Spring, 2017 – Our Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies in Harney County have been busy this winter dealing with weather-related incidents, vehicle crashes, and the occasional search and rescue.
Our office, along with Oregon State Police, Malheur County Sheriff’s deputies, and officers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife were recently involved in a high-speed pursuit involving an armed felon wanted on warrants for attempted murder out of Idaho, and his wife who is on felony probation out of Idaho. The pursuit began in Harney County and ended more than 50 miles later in Malheur County where Malheur County deputies deployed spike strips, disabling the suspect vehicle. Members of all mentioned agencies worked together to safely get the two suspects into custody without incident.
We want to welcome Hilbert Presley to the agency. Hilbert is our newest correctional deputy in the Harney County Jail.