Curry County

Sheriff John Ward Sheriff John Ward

Curry County Sheriff's Office

Mailing Address:
94235 Moore Street
Gold Beach, OR 97444

Street Address:
29808 Colvin Street
Gold Beach, OR 97444

tel: 541-247-3242
fax: 541-247-6893
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About Sheriff Ward:

John Ward was appointed by the Curry County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday August 26, 2014 as the new Sheriff of Curry County effective October 1, 2014, to replace Sheriff John Bishop. Ward holds a Management Certificate from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and has worked for the Curry County Sheriff ’s Office for 24 years. Ward has served as a patrol deputy, detective, patrol sergeant and lieutenant since he was hired in November, 1990. He started several neighborhood watches and became very involved with community activities. Sheriff Ward has been a member of SARAC (Search and Rescue Advisory Council) and also a member of the OSSA Enforcement Command Council.

In July 2009, he was promoted to lieutenant and continued to supervise not only Patrol, Marine Patrol, Forest Patrol, Detectives, Reserves and SAR, but took over the supervision of Dispatch. Along with all his administrative duties, Sheriff Ward is still very active with all the divisions and community projects. He has been recognized for two lifesaving awards both from the Oregon State Marine Board and by the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. He was recognized by OSSA and awarded the SAR Coordinator of the Year for 2013.

Sheriff 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.

Sheriff Ward stated, “I never imagined I would be in the position I am today as the Sheriff of Curry County. In taking over from Sheriff Bishop, I know the challenges we will face. 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 four different Sheriffs during my career here at the Curry County Sheriffs Office and I have learned from them all. What I have learned from Sheriff Bishop, has given me the tools to be successful with what we can control and understand what we can’t control. I have adopted Sheriff Bishop’s motto and I will lead by his rule of, “Do what’s right, do your best and treat others with respect.”

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Curry County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Fall, 2014Written by Sheriff John Bishop - Wow summer is already gone, and fall is here. Where does the time go? The Sheriff ’s Office once again was extremely busy, and it amazes me how we continue to get the job done. The deputies have worked extremely hard in making sure this community is as safe as we can make it.

This summer did produce a first for us in the Cape Blanco Music Festival. This event brought over 14,000 individuals to our county for four days of world class country music. Thanks to the professionalism of the event coordinators and the support of the property owners, there were no major issues. There was a lot of fun had by all and we only ended up arresting eight people during the whole event. It took every member of this agency to pull it off, but we did it and look forward to doing it again next year.

Finally this news bite brings some bitter sweet emotions, as it will be my last news bite for Curry County. I will be retiring at the end of September and will become the Executive Director of the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association on October 1st. While I am very excited to represent the Sheriffs as their Executive Director, it is sad to leave the county and citizens to which I have served for over 26 years, the last six as Sheriff. I cannot express enough how proud I am of the deputies of this office, with their dedication and hard work. The lack of resources and small staff, combined with increasing workloads, have really brought out the best in these men and women. Every citizen in this county should be very proud and thankful to each and every one of these deputies and support staff.

Lastly, I want to publicly thank my wife and family for the support they have given me during my law enforcement career and for them to know that none of my accomplishments would have happened without them, their support, and understanding.

We have accomplished a lot in the last six years of the Curry County Sheriff ’s Office and everyone who had a part should be proud of all we have done and turned around. As we move on to our new adventures, the Sheriff ’s Office is in good hands and we are heading in the right direction. It however, is time for me to move on and hopefully help OSSA in its future endeavors. I want to thank everyone for your words of support and God bless.