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


Spring, 2017 – In January, Sheriff Terry Rowan was sworn in for his second term as Umatilla County Sheriff! During his first term, the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office experienced unprecedented growth and many positive organizational changes and improvements in policy, procedure, personnel, appearance and attitude. Our staff has worked hard and they deserve all the credit. We will continue to move the agency forward in a positive direction.

In December our office began an animal abuse investigation that involves nearly 200 head of cattle in the Hermiston area. A citizen complaint alerted us to several cattle that were lying dead in the fields on the approximately 80-90 acre property. Once on scene, our deputies found that there was an inadequate amount of feed, and water troughs were iced over from several days of below-freezing weather. Many of the surviving cattle were weak and sick. We seized the herd and took over their care and feeding, partnering with local veterinarians and students from the agricultural program at Blue Mountain Community College to nurse the herd back to health. The prosecution of the case is also moving forward with the assistance of Benton County Deputy District Attorney Jake Kamins. UCSO Deputy Rachell Faber and our entire staff has done an outstanding job on the case: or

In January the Umatilla County Search and Rescue (SAR) Team held their annual dinner and awards ceremony. In 2016, the Search and Rescue Team responded to 28 incidents and logged 1,374 hours. This included over 600 hours dedicated to the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, searching for evidence in a homicide case.

The SAR Team also won the 2016 East Oregonian Sweepstakes Award for their parade float, were involved in one of the top ten stories of 2016, “Naked Intruder Survives River Leap,” and they launched their first-ever Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (drone) Program. What a year!

Sheriff Terry Rowan and Sergeant Dwight Johnson presented the following awards: Volunteer of the Year – Travis Lundquist; Special Act Award – Bob English and Travis Lunquist for using ropes to rescue a naked man who was stuck in a tree above the Umatilla River; Award for Valor – Cadie the Canine for guarding her handler, Emma Hubbard during the wilderness survival training, while surrounded by howling wolves; and Blooper Award – Umatilla County Emergency Manager Tom Roberts for crashing a drone on his first solo flight…

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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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