Conservators of the Peace

Sherman County

Sheriff Brad Lohrey

Sherman County Sheriff's Office

P.O. Box 424
Moro, OR 97039

tel: 541-565-3622
fax: 541-565-3312

About Sheriff Lohrey

Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey grew up and attended school in Sherman County while his father, Gerald Lohrey, was the Sherman County Sheriff. After graduating from high school, Brad moved to Bend, Oregon and attended college. While in college and working for UPS, he became a reserve police officer for the City of Sisters and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. In 1993 he was hired and became a full time Resident Deputy Sheriff for the Klickitat County Washington Sheriff’s Office. In 1995 he took a job with the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office and was promoted to Chief Deputy in 1996. Sheriff Lohrey was elected as Sherman County Sheriff in November 2000 and took office in January 2001.

About the Sherman County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – Jim Payne and Rick Whitaker were both at the fire hall in Moro, where they both volunteer when they heard on the police radio that a deputy was in Moro in pursuit of a man he’d tried to pull over for speeding. Payne heard where the vehicle chase was heading and jumped in his vehicle and was hoping to block the driver. Payne spotted the suspect, who’d earlier bailed out and started running from the deputy on foot. Payne got out of his vehicle and simply told the man to stop. The man did and just stood there looking at him. Whitaker came upon the two of them, and the man decided to run away again. Payne grabbed him and Whitaker then tackled both of them to the ground. The suspect was now pinned between the sidewalk and the cyclone fence. The deputy arrived and arrested the suspect without further incident.

Payne has been a volunteer firefighter for 41 years. Sheriff Lohrey said, “I just appreciate the citizens helping the Sheriff’s Office out. I know the citizens of Sherman County always have our backs.”

Whitaker has lived in Moro for a year and has volunteered in Hood River County with the fire department and as a police reserve. He is an emergency medical responder with the Sherman County Ambulance Service.

The suspect, Timothy Henkel, 47, of Billings, Montana, had warrants for his arrest for dan­gerous drugs and theft.

Henkel was arrested on charges of eluding and various other charges.

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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