Conservators of the Peace

Morrow County

Sheriff Kenneth Matlack

Morrow County Sheriff's Office

P.O. Box 159
Heppner, OR 97838

tel: 541-676-5317
fax: 541-676-5577
Morrow County Sheriff’s site

About Sheriff Matlack

Sheriff Matlack grew up in the Irrigon and Umatilla area and graduated from Umatilla High School in 1967. He graduated from Eastern Oregon State College in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He was a public school teacher and coach at Powder Valley High School in North Powder Oregon until recruited by the Oregon State Police in 1974.

Ken met his wife Donna in the first grade in Irrigon and they were married shortly after high school. They have been married for 43 years and raised two daughters.

Ken was assigned and promoted to a variety of different positions in the Oregon State Police including Trooper, Detective, Detective Sergeant, and Patrol Sergeant. In 1988 he was promoted to Assistant Station Command in The Dalles and in 1993 he was assigned as Outpost Commander in Arlington and supervised State Police field operations in Gilliam, Wheeler and a small portion of Morrow County. He retired from the Oregon State Police in March 1999.

Upon retiring from the Oregon State Police, Ken received his private investigator license and worked as a private investigator in Oregon and Washington. He also worked for several years as a contract investigator with the Oregon Department of Corrections and worked at Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla and Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton where he conducted background investigations on Correctional Officer and management positions.

Ken is currently serving his second term as Morrow County Sheriff and in the Fall of 2010 Morrow County Community Corrections was transferred to the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.

About the Morrow County Sheriff's Office


Spring, 2017 – The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office has seen quite a few changes with our personnel moving around into different positions and a couple of nice awards thrown in to boot, in the last few months.

In November 2016 Senior Deputy Kyle Pearcy, who was our local representative on the Blue Mountain Narcotics Task Force (BENT) moved into one of our patrol sergeant positions. In January, Senior Deputy Ryan Jundt was assigned to fill the vacant position on the BENT Team.

In December we hired Caroline Adrian- Karlin to be our newest communications deputy, and she is doing a great job. Welcome to the Sheriff’s Office family, Caroline!

Patrol Deputy Aaron Haak graduated from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Basic Police Course in January, and we are glad to have him back among us to patrol and to protect Morrow County citizens.

We also had a Parole and Probation deputy position to fill, and at the end of February, Communications Deputy Gina Wilson will become our newest Parole and Probation deputy. She will be much missed in dispatch, but a huge help to our Corrections Division. Therefore, we currently have an opening for a communications deputy, and law enforcement lateral applications are strongly encouraged. The application process will remain open until the position is filled.

As for the awards, our Chief Civil Deputy, Ivy Zimmerman attended the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association Civil Conference in September 2016 and was elected to be the Civil Secretary for the Oregon State Civil Command Council. Also, our Civil Deputy Erik Patton attended the Concealed Handgun License (CHL) Conference in October 2016 and was elected to be the Civil CHL Sub-Committee Secretary for the state Civil Command Council. Erik also had a very nice surprise in December; he was awarded the CHL Support Staff of the Year Award from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. A very big congratulation goes out to both Ivy and Erik! Thanks for all your hard work!

We are very happy that all of these deputies have an opportunity to make the most of their new positions as they start or continue their careers, serving the citizens of Morrow County.

And last but not least, in December 2016 the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office finally joined the social media revolution; you can now “like us” on Facebook.

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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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