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
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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.



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OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Summer, 2016 – On Sunday, May 15th I was privileged, along with Lake County Sheriff Mike Taylor, Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah and Modoc County, California, Sheriff Mike Poindexter to be part of the National Peace Officers Day celebration hosted by Sheriff Taylor. The procession was led by the Klamath County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse followed by the carriage carrying the tombstone for the formerly unmarked grave of Lake County Deputy Samuel Lewis (EOW: 3-11-1882). It was an honor to be part of this event.

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