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.

From OREGON SHERIFF Magazine News

Umatilla County Sheriff's Office In Action

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Winter, 2014 – Boy it’s cold out there! Umatilla County and the State of Oregon were hit early this year with uncharacteristic low temperatures and snow. The Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team (SAR) has been on high alert and has responded to a number of incidents regarding lost persons. Notably, in early November, a 57 year old hunter was stranded while hunting with his son. The man was hunting in treacherous Northeast Oregon, and was not able to meet his son at a designated location. With the hard work and dedication of our SAR team, in concert with Walla Walla County Search and Rescue and the Oregon National Guard, the man was found and reunited with his son. If not for the hard work and dedication by these volunteers, I fear the man would have died if he had to stay another night in the woods. I truly appreciate the men and women who volunteer and put others before themselves, and risk so much to ensure individuals are found.

Our dispatch center has been up and running in our new location for some months now. The consolidation with Hermiston Communication Center has gone on fairly smoothly. We now dispatch for 27 different public safety agencies, including Hermiston Police and Emergency Services. Additionally, Karen Primmer was promoted to Dispatch Sergeant.

We have made significant gains in our criminal division by thinking outside of the box. Through some reorganizational efforts, additional funding from the county general fund, and contracts with the cities of Weston and Athena, we have increased our numbers in the criminal division. We are showing a higher level of visibility around the county and are having an impact on criminal behaviors. Through those efforts, we welcomed Jon Rietz and Erik Palmer, both from the city of Athena, to our criminal division. We are currently at 11 sworn patrol deputies, 3 detectives, 2 patrol sergeants and 1 patrol lieutenant.

November has seen many changes around the state. Measure 91 was passed, allowing for the recreational use of marijuana. My staff and I are working diligently to prepare for this momentous change in the law. Undoubtedly we are going to have a tough road ahead. I think we can learn lessons from the other states and implement programs to address the potential increases of abuses by adults and children, driving under the influence, overdoses, treatment, and other crimes associated with the increased use of marijuana.