Conservators of the Peace

Umatilla County

Sheriff Terry Rowan

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

4700 NW Pioneer Place
Pendleton, OR 97801

tel: 541-966-3600
fax: 541-278-5496
Umatilla County Sheriff’s site

About Sheriff Rowan

Terry Rowan has 23 years of law enforcement experience all in Umatilla County, with service as a dispatcher/control room operator, corrections officer, transport officer, civil deputy, criminal patrol deputy, and criminal investigator. He worked with the Hermiston Police Department as a Police Officer, Detective and Agency Leader. Terry has served on the Major Crimes team for Umatilla and Morrow Counties as a lead investigator and supervisor. Terry is a second-generation public servant, a man whose dad instilled in him a pervading sense of responsibility and a powerful work ethic. Little wonder he is consumed with public safety and says, “It’s not in me to take a back seat; I have a desire to serve and make the community safer.” Terry has served at the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office as the Undersheriff since May of 2005. While serving as Undersheriff, he has gained significant experience in Police Administration and discovered the uniqueness of running a Sheriff’s Office. He has played a major role in developing programs and making positive changes to more effectively and efficiently run the Sheriff’s Office: all while staying within the budget provided. Terry intends to build on the foundation started by Sheriff John Trumbo.

Terry holds a number of certificate and has/is serving on a variety of public interest boards:

• Member Oregon State Sheriff’s Association
• OSSA Command Council
• Public Advisory Council for Eastern Oregon Corrections Institute
• Board member Oregon Executive Development Institute
• Department of Justice and Homeland Security counterterrorism member
• Supervisor Major Crimes Team
• Board president for Buck Brogoitti Animal Sanctuary
• Drug Court Committee
• Local Supervisory Authority
• Blue Mountain Community College criminal Justice program advisory board
• Member of the Multi-disciplinary team
• Member of the Child fatality review board
• Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force
• Past President of Hermiston Police Association
• Local Public Safety Coordinating Council
• Umatilla/Morrow County Law Enforcement Administrators Assc.
• Deputy Medical Examiner
• Extensive Risk Management Training.
• Certified through D.P.S.S.T.
• Helping Hand for the homeless shelter

Terry grew up in Mustang, Oklahoma and is a graduate from Mustang High School. He is receiving his formal Education through Chemeketa Community College in Public Administration. He has lived in Oregon since 1989 and is currently living in Hermiston, Oregon with Tamara, his wife of 22 years. They are very proud of their 2 adult daughters, Jessica and Megan. Both are attending courses in higher education at Corvallis, Oregon. Terry has been very involved in his community and working with the youth as a Basketball, Baseball, and Soccer Coach. He has been a 4-H leader and was a Board Member on HYBA, Best of the West Basketball, AYSO soccer, Umatilla County Fair Livestock Sales committee, and Pendleton Junior Show and Livestock committee, Future Farmers of America Alumni, Special Friends reading program, Board member of Ducks Unlimited – Hermiston Chapter. Terry enjoys time with family, playing golf, hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

About the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office


Winter, 2016 – Now that the election is successfully behind us, we can move forward and continue to have positive impacts in each division of the Sher­iff’s Office. Elections can be challenging, but I know that the majority of our citizens have seen the many, undeniably positive impacts our team has made in the past four years. It has truly been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Umatilla County, and I look forward to serving another term.

In October, we implemented our Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS or drone) Program us­ing new technology to provide more efficient and effective services. This technology will undoubtedly benefit our Search and Rescue, Emergency Management, and other functions. The UAS can be deployed to help find missing persons, provide assistance to distressed vic­tims, and assist in disaster incidents. Sergeant Dwight Johnson is managing the program and is a FAA certified remote pilot. We are currently recruiting additional staff also to test and become certified. Check out the video link at: https//­m4gxZOpE.

Also in October, our jail received a score of 99.2% compliant with the Oregon Jail Stan­dards. This ties the highest score in the history of the facility, which is especially commend­able since our jail population is at an all-time high. Our professional corrections staff are the unsung heroes of our criminal justice system and deserve the credit for a job well done!

UCSO has also implemented new educational programs in our schools to protect and raise awareness for our local youth. Dispatchers Kerri Roberts and Tabitha Koehler presented the Kids C.A.R.E. (Can Always Report Emer­gencies) and Impact Teen Drivers programs to four, local elementary and high schools. We also started a “Read with a Cop” program in two, soon to be three, elementary schools. Each of these programs is designed to build and improve relationships with our youth and help remove their fears about talking to law enforcement officers.

Welcome aboard to new Patrol Deputies Steven McDaniel and Jeff Brown. Steven has 18 years of military experience in the Ore­gon Army National Guard and is currently a warrant officer with Bravo Company, 168 Aviation Unit from Pendleton where he pilots a CH-47F Chinook helicopter. Jeff has been a Umatilla County Community Corrections Probation and Parole officer since 2000. He has also worked in the Juvenile Detention Center and Homestead Youth Facility. Steven and Jeff will be attending the Oregon Police Academy for 16 weeks in the near future.

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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