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


Winter, 2016 – Greetings all, from your Josephine County Sheriff’s Office. As always, it has been a busy fall. That being said the Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Oregon State Police and Josephine County Parole and Probation conducted a saturation patrol in the Illinois Valley on October 28th called “Operation Boo.” The five-hour operation resulted in three probable cause arrests for the following. Arrest 1: PCS methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm. Arrest 2: After a pur­suit, Felony Elude Arrest plus five warrants. Arrest 3: Interfering with police, carrying a concealed firearm, false information to police. Two more arrests for probation detainers, one of which included the seizure of a firearm and cocaine. Four more subjects were arrested clearing nine warrants. A total of 51 traffic stops were initiated resulting in DUII – 1, Warnings – 38, Cites – 8. We conducted six field interviews, as well as five bar checks. This is a taste of what it could be like should we have the ability to be more proactive.

The Public Safety Measure 19-74 failed in No­vember. We at the Sheriff’s Office are unsure how badly this will impact operations, but we do know that without a new revenue source, the future does not look good. We, however, at your Sheriff’s Office will not quit. We took an oath to serve our citizens and will stand by it down to the last employee. We know those who live here as well as visit, deserve the best service we can provide. We welcome two new County Commissioners, Lilly Morgan and Danny DeYoung who have the opportunity to find a way to keep the Sheriff’s Office func­tioning. We will support your efforts.

We want to take a moment to thank Deputy Joel Heller who on December 28th will be retiring from our Patrol Division. Deputy Heller has been serving since December 31st, 1988. Deputy Heller, your 28 years of service to the people of Josephine County is very much appreciated, and words are not enough to thank you for your service and sacrifice. We hope you enjoy the next chapter of your life and again are truly grateful for your contribution to public safety here in Josephine County. Deputy Porter will carry on the tradition and is graduating from the Depart­ment of Public Safety Standards and Training Police Academy in December with some big shoes to fill. Welcome aboard Deputy Porter! Also, congratulations to Deputies Pittman and Fitting for your graduation from the Depart­ment of Public Safety Standards and Training Corrections Academy. Thank you as well for your dedication and willingness to take time from your families while away at the academy.

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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