Conservators of the Peace

Malheur County

Sheriff Brian Wolfe

Malheur County Sheriff's Office

151 B St. W.
Vale, OR 97918

tel: 541-473-5125
fax: 541-473-5504

About Sheriff Wolfe

Sheriff Brian Wolfe was appointed to the Office of Sheriff on June 1, 2011. Previously he worked as a Nyssa Police Department School Resource Officer, Patrolman and Detective for the Ontario Police Department and most recently was the Undersheriff for the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office.

Community involvement is important to Sheriff Wolfe. He serves on numerous boards and committees and tries to be active with the local Chambers of Commerce in Vale, Ontario and Nyssa as well as active involvement in the outlying areas of Malheur County.

He has a great respect for Malheur County and the citizens that make it such a great place to live and serve.

Sheriff Wolfe and the staff at the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office consider it a pleasure to be able to serve those who live and visit. They try to live by the Sheriff’s Office mission statement which is, “To provide public safety to our community with a professional courteous, well-trained staff who consistently does the right thing at the right time for the right reason.”

Sheriff Wolfe and his wife, Barbara, have been married 21 years and have four children who are active in school and sports.

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Winter, 2016 – On Thursday, November 3, 2016, two male subjects were located near Ontario, Oregon in a stolen motor vehicle. The driver of the vehi­cle attempted to elude Oregon State Police and Malheur County deputies. They drove out to the desert where they crashed the vehicle into a washed out gully before fleeing on foot. The first subject was located hiding in a sagebrush draw after about four hours of searching for him.

The second subject was believed to have fled on foot with a pit bull. After about seven hours of searching the area, the pit bull was seen coming out of a large badger hole/coyote den. Upon further investigation, the second suspect was located stuck about eight feet in the hole. Deputy Michael Hale and Deputy Brian Belnap dug in the hole for about three hours attempting to free the suspect. The suspect was eventually freed from the hole and his life was saved.

On Sunday, November 6, 2016, at about 6:03 a.m. the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a fourteen-year-old male subject floating alongside a boat in the Snake River near Ontario, Oregon.

The male subject had been accompanied by two male adults preparing for an early morn­ing duck hunt on the river. While preparing for the hunt the young male subject was holding the boat to keep it from drifting off. The boat was started and was unknowingly in reverse. The boat began to move and the current of the river caused it to float down the river. The young man attempted to hold the boat in place and before he knew it, he was holding onto the boat in the middle of the river.

Malheur County Dispatch Telecommunicator Deputy Brittney Ross also took a call from the young man who had called 911 from his cell phone asking for help. Deputy Ross was able to keep the victim on the phone for about 35 minutes talking him through the ordeal. Several times the young man expressed that he was so cold that he did not think that he could hold onto the boat any longer. Deputy Ross was able to encourage the victim to hold onto the boat in an effort to save his life.

At 6:10 a.m. Malheur County Marine Deputy Wade Holom was called at his home to re­spond. The outside temperature was about 38 degrees. Deputy Holom knew that he did not have time to respond 20 miles away to retrieve the Sheriff’s Office marine boat. Deputy Holom asked Dispatcher Ross to call a local resident who lived near the river in an effort to use the citizen’s boat.

Deputy Holom was able to get the boat from the citizen who lived near the Ontario State Park boat ramp. At 6:29 a.m. Deputy Holom launched the borrowed boat. At 6:44 a.m. Deputy Holom located the loose boat and vic­tim which had gotten tangled up in some trees on the Idaho side of the Snake River.

At 6:46 a.m. Deputy Holom was able to get the soaked victim into his boat. The victim was exhausted, cold, and suffering from hypo­thermia.

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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