Conservators of the Peace

Josephine County

Sheriff Dave Daniel

Josephine County Sheriff's Office

500 NW 6th St
Grants Pass, OR 97526

tel: 541-474-5120
fax: 541-474-5114
Josephine County Sheriff’s Website

About Sheriff Daniel

Sheriff Daniel grew up in Portland, OR and graduated from Central Catholic High School.  He then attended Oregon State University and received his Bachelors of Science in Speech Communications.  Following college Sheriff Daniel began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer at the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.  After 3 years he was hired by the Oregon State Police as the first Resident Trooper of Wheeler and Gilliam Counties.  He resided in Fossil, OR with his wife and two young children.  Three years later Sheriff Daniel was again hired by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.  During his time there he obtained a Masters in Management from Southern Oregon University.  Sheriff Daniel has filled many positions and assignments during his tenure.  He has been a Traffic Officer, Community Resource Team Member, SWAT Team Instructor/Member (16 years), Major Crimes Detective, Range Master/Firearms Instructor and Patrol Officer.  In 2013 Sheriff Daniel was awarded the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor following a life threatening event encountered while arresting a sex offender.  Sheriff Daniel was elected Josephine County Sheriff in November of 2014 and sworn into the position on January 5th, 2015.

About the Josephine County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – Greetings from Josephine County. It has been an unusual and busy winter for your Sheriff’s Office. Beginning January 4th, we had the “snowpocalypse.” Search and Rescue and Sheriff’s Office Patrol responded to 30 welfare checks, 23 public assists, three medical assists and evacuated 15 people and three dogs from snowedin residences. Pickups, 4X4 SUVs and tracked search and rescue vehicles were utilized to access the locations. Of these calls for service, most notable included areas outside of Selma and near the Oregon Caves, where a search and rescue tracked vehicle had to be used due to three to four feet of snow for welfare checks and to evacuate a couple from a remote mining claim. I want to take the time to thank all of our search and rescue volunteers for their service to Josephine County. Without them, we would have been unable to assist all those in need.

To continue strengthening our community service in Josephine County we have instituted a program within Three Rivers School District allowing students to have a positive interaction with a sheriff’s office. Deputy Konieczny and K9 Skip visit each elementary school within the county. This program is designed to allow students the opportunity to read to K9 Skip while creating a positive and fun interaction with the Sheriff’s Office. Students can ask questions regarding the use of K9’s in law enforcement while learning about Skip’s ability to detect odors. It is the purpose of this program to provide an educational and dynamic learning experience for the children of Josephine County while also increasing the time your Sheriff’s Office spends in the local schools. The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to expanding its presence in the community in many ways, this being one of them. Thank you to Deputy Konieczny and K9 Skip for their dedication and enthusiasm in this endeavor.

The Josephine County Sheriff’s Office is receiving a $2.1M reduction in the 2017- 2018 budget year due to a reduction of federal Secure Rural Schools (SRC) and Oregon and California (O&C) Railroad timber monies. Most notably it could mean the closure of our Patrol Division. The Board of County Commissioners is putting on a Corrections Levy in May 2017. Should the levy pass, the Sheriff’s Office will be able to increase service to our community in many ways. Should it fail, we will be at the lowest budget our Sheriff’s Office has seen. We hope our citizens come together to support the county’s most basic need for justice so our youth and elderly can thrive in a safe community. Either way, your Sheriff’s Office will not quit fighting for what is right and just, down to the last deputy.

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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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