John Ward was appointed by the Curry County Board of Commissioners on August 26, 2014 as the new Sheriff of Curry County effective October 1, 2014. Sheriff John Ward has held several law enforcement certificates including the Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Supervisor and currently holds a Management Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. Sheriff Ward has worked for the Curry County Sheriff’s Office for twenty-five years and has served as a Patrol Deputy, Detective, Patrol Sergeant and Lieutenant since he was hired in November 1990. In 2005, as a Patrol Sergeant, Sheriff Ward was assigned Search and Rescue Coordinator and has been a member of SARAC (Search and Rescue Advisory Council), a member of CORSAR (California Oregon Regional Search and Rescue) and also a member of the OSSA Enforcement Command Council. In 2013 as a Patrol Lieutenant and 2nd in Command, Sheriff Ward was recognized by OSSA as Search and Rescue Coordinator of the Year. Sheriff Ward has been recognized by the Oregon State Marine Board and by the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for four separate lifesaving awards. Sheriff John Ward was born and raised in Gold Beach and raised his family there. During his law enforcement career, he has been very active with the community and schools. Sheriff Ward was the Gold Beach High School golf coach for four years during the time his son and daughter were in high school. 'I never imagined I would be in the position I am today as the Sheriff of Curry County, it was certainly something I never planned for. I know the challenges we will face and I also know that we have very dedicated employees and we will do the best that we can with the resources we have. I have worked for five different Sheriff’s during my career here at the Curry County Sheriff’s Office and I have learned from them all. What I have learned has given me the tools to be successful with what we can control and understand and accept what we can’t control. If you’re sincere, honest and sympathetic, then you will earn the respect the position calls for and you will be successful.'