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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Summer, 2014 – As summer approaches, the calls for service and activities at the Sheriff’s Office increase with the longer days and warmer nights. We continue to work closely with the Umatilla Board of Commissioners (BOC) to strive for more personnel and resources to better serve the citizens. In late April, we presented our 2014-2015 budget proposal to the BOC and the budget committee. We succeeded in obtaining three new positions, including one patrol deputy, one corrections technician and one full time evidence technician.

Our jail population continues to run at an average of about 180 inmates per day, up from a cap of 135 inmates before I took office. Offenders in Umatilla County are now being held accountable, which we believe deters crime. Lieutenant Stewart Harp and his staff have done a tremendous job in managing the additional work without any additional staff. We plan on adding a full-time technician in the control room in July 2014, which will relieve some of the stress by freeing up a corrections officer during the peak times. Kenny Franks was promoted to Corrections Sergeant in May. Congratulations, Sergeant Franks!

As I have mentioned before, we are preparing to consolidate our regional 911 Communications Center with the City of Hermiston, starting July 1, 2014. The construction on the new dispatch center is nearly complete. This included moving our center into a larger room, installing new dispatch stations, computers, radios and phone equipment. We also have a new CAD and records management system that will integrate most public safety agencies in Umatilla and Morrow counties.

Because of her hard and dedicated service to the Sheriff’s Office for over 20 years, Lieutenant Kathy Lieuallen was awarded the 2013 Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office Employee of the Year at the Annual Public Safety Awards Banquet.

Deputy Jason Post will complete his training at DPSST in June, which will bring our patrol staff to 10 full time deputies. We will add one more to this division in July 2014. This is well short of where I want to be, but hopefully, we will continue to make gains.

Our Marine Patrol, SAR unit and Corp of Engineers are gearing up for the summer, and we will be receiving a new boat from the OSMB by mid-June. The Sheriff’s Office coordinated the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony. We are honored to pay tribute and remember our fallen heroes. Have a safe summer!