Conservators of the Peace

Jackson County

Sheriff Nathan Sickler

Jackson County Sheriff's Office

5179 Crater Lake Hwy
Central Point, OR 97502

tel: 541-774-6800
fax: 541-776-7699

About Sheriff Sickler

On January 17th, 2017, Nate Sickler was appointed as the Sheriff of Jackson County, Oregon, by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. He had been serving as the deputy chief of the sheriff’s office since December 30th of 2016.

Sheriff Sickler began a career in law enforcement in 1998 as a reserve police officer, while he finished his education at Southern Oregon University.

In 1999, he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and was hired full-time as a police officer for the City of Phoenix, Oregon.  He worked there until taking a job with the City of Klamath Falls Police Department in 2002.  As a city police officer, Sickler served as a patrol corporal, a SWAT team member, a drug recognition evaluator (D.R.E.) and a firearms instructor.

In 2006, Sheriff Sickler had an opportunity to come to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and begin his career as a deputy.  He was promoted in 2008 to sergeant and worked as a patrol sergeant until October of 2012 when he moved to the Criminal Investigations Division.  In March of 2015 he took a position as an interim captain, and in July of 2015, he was promoted to Captain.

As a sheriff’s deputy, Sheriff Sickler served on the department’s SWAT team and in the training unit as a Firearms and Active Shooter instructor.  He also served as a department association representative, a D.R.E. and a D.R.E. instructor for 4 years.

Sheriff Sickler enjoys time with his friends and family and would like to recognize his wife DeAnna, who has supported him throughout a busy but rewarding career.

About the Jackson County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – On December 30th, 2016, Corey Falls stepped down as the Sheriff of Jackson County to take a job with the City of Gresham. When he came to our office, he brought a wave of new ideas and perspectives that were much appreciated. We wish him and his family the best as they begin their new journey.

On January 17th, I was appointed by our County Commissioners to serve as the sheriff of Jackson County for the next two years. I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected to fill this position, and I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Jackson County and the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office.

Our office is in a great place as our Corrections Division staffing is full for the first time in over a decade and our Patrol Division is almost at full capacity. Not only is our staffing near full, but we also have talented and dedicated employees who do a tremendous job serving our community day in and day out. We also have strong support from our community and other public safety agencies in Jackson County.

An example of the dedication and professionalism of our staff and our Dispatch Center staff occurred earlier this year on January 16th. The call started as a 911 call in which our dispatcher, Crystal Lewis, could hear what sounded like a female in distress. Very few words were communicated by the caller, but Lewis recognized this was not a misdialed 911 call and she needed to do something. She drew from her experience, decided to ping the cell phone and notify Deputies Adam Lewis and A.J. McKay of the call.

Our deputies drove as far as they could in the snow-covered mountains in the southern region of the county and then hiked another 3 miles in the snow until they located the female caller, who was suffering from hypothermia and could not speak. The female was transported from the location by helicopter and we are happy to report she is doing well.


Had the dispatcher not recognized the urgency of the call and had the deputies not gone the extra mile, the female, who had gotten lost during a skiing outing, would have surely passed away. I am proud to have both deputies on our staff, and it is comforting to know our dispatch staff at Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon is so capable.

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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.


Pat Garrett
President and Washington County Sheriff.

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