Sheriff Daniel grew up in Portland, OR and graduated from Central Catholic High School. He then attended Oregon State University and received his Bachelors of Science in Speech Communications. Following college, Sheriff Daniel began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer at the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. After 3 years he was hired by the Oregon State Police as the first Resident Trooper of Wheeler and Gilliam Counties. He resided in Fossil, OR with his wife and two young children. Three years later Sheriff Daniel was again hired by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
During his time there he obtained a Masters in Management from Southern Oregon University. Sheriff Daniel has filled many positions and assignments during his tenure. He has been a Traffic Officer, Community Resource Team Member, SWAT Team Instructor/Member (16 years), Major Crimes Detective, Range Master/Firearms Instructor and Patrol Officer. In 2013 Sheriff Daniel was awarded the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor following a life-threatening event encountered while arresting a sex offender. Sheriff Daniel was elected Josephine County Sheriff in November of 2014 and sworn into the position on January 5th, 2015.