Umatilla County

Sheriff Terry Rowan Sheriff Terry Rowan

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office
4700 NW Pioneer Place
Pendleton, OR 97801

tel: 541-966-3600
fax: 541-278-5496
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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.

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Summer, 2015 – The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office’s Corrections Division was awarded the 2014- 15 Law Enforcement Professionals of the Year! During a ceremony at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge on May 9th, Captain Stewart Harp and his staff were honored at the Public Safety Awards Dinner. When Sheriff Rowan took office in 2013, one of his goals was to hold offenders accountable and keep them in jail for as long as legally possible. At the time, the Umatilla County Jail had a cap of 135 inmates for a 252 bed facility, and matrix releases were high. Sheriff Rowan removed the cap, made a policy to hold offenders for at least thirty-six hours, and working with staff, closely monitored the jail population.

In 2014, the jail had an average daily population of 180 inmates and matrix releases have been reduced from 1152 in 2012, to 40 last year. As a result of these changes, failure to appears are down, removing pressure off the courts. Prosecutions are moving more quickly and offenders know they are going to be held accountable, which we believe, deters crime.

The Corrections staff has done a tremendous job of coordinating and managing the additional inmate population with no increase in personnel and only a slight restructuring. In addition, they have also taken on the responsibility for court security at the Pendleton and Hermiston courthouses, and have maintained all outside contracts. For these reasons, the award and recognition for the UCSO Corrections Division is well deserved!

Corrections Sergeant Penny Evans announced her retirement after a 27-year career at UCSO. We thank her for her service and wish her well in the future!

The budget talks for next fiscal year went well. Our staff did a great job in presenting the financial information for their respective divisions. The Umatilla County Board of Commissioners and the Budget Committee understand the importance of strong public safety, and have been very supportive and great to work with. A new corrections officer position was approved and the rest of the budget remained intact.

The 6th Annual Umatilla County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony, held in the shadow of Sheriff Tillman D. Taylor’s statue in the park named in his honor, was well organized and attended, once again. Thanks to Lora Franks and all her helpers for making the event a success! To keep up with what’s happening at UCSO, follow us on our Facebook page at https://www. Office/153173158107341?ref=hl.