Conservators of the Peace

Harney County

Sheriff Dave Ward

Harney County Sheriff's Office

485 Court St
Burns, OR 97720

tel: 541-573-6156
fax: 541-573-8383
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.

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.

Sincerely,
pat

Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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