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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Spring, 2017 – Malheur County was hit hard with a severe winter storm that began in early December and did not end until late January. We had a record snowfall and accumulation of 41 inches of snow. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the last 15 inches on January 19th. At that time we suffered many building collapses, most of which were agricultural buildings including some commercial and many private farm operations. We have an estimated loss to our onion market of 80-90 million pounds of onions. As you may know, Malheur County is the biggest shipper of onions in the U.S. where we supply 40% percent of the onion market nationwide. We have also had losses to private property and our livestock industry.

Malheur County and the State of Oregon declared local and state disasters. The Governor’s Office and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management are working very hard to have a Federal Declaration declared. A Federal Declaration will assist us at a local level with the cost of recovery to public infrastructure which currently is over $2 million.

Malheur County is very involved in the recovery process, which will last for several weeks. The storm event passed and has given way to some other issues such as flooding. We have experienced some very minor flooding and we remain optimistic that we will not get major flooding, even though the possibility exists and is too soon to tell at this time.

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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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