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.



About the Harney County Sheriff's Office

OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Winter, 2016 – The Harney County Sheriff’s Office has welcomed two new team members in recent months. Deputy Ryan Rex started in our Jail, and Suzanne Settle joined our Dispatch team. We are glad to have both.

I would like to extend a personal thank-you to the citizens and public officials across the state who have shown a great deal of support for the citizens of Harney County over the past year. I also want to extend a big thank-you to the citizens of Harney County who have stood by our agency through a long and turbulent year. Thank you for support and for electing me to serve as your sheriff. It is an honor to serve you.

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