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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Spring, 2014 – Spring is in the air, and we will soon be out of the dreary days of winter. We have seen our fair share of cold days and even colder winter nights. The Sheriff’s Office has been extremely busy in a number of areas. First let me give a huge hats off thank you to Lt. Stewart Harp and all the men and women working in the jail. In April of last year, I asked Lt. Harp to raise our jail population so we could stop the revolving door. Inmates were being released almost moments after arriving to the jail. Today, inmates are booked and held. Over the past four months we have not released any inmates under the matrix system. Offenders are being held accountable. There have been times where our jail population has risen to close to 200 inmates. Our daily average population went from 141 inmates per day to 177, with our population high of 202 inmates and a low of 127. Lt. Harp and his staff did this without adding additional staff.

We are on the verge of consolidation with the City of Hermiston to provide emergency dispatching starting July 1, 2014. A considerable amount of work has gone into this process, including moving our dispatch center into the emergency operation center. We received approval to purchase new dispatch stations and most of the equipment will be new. The Radio District provided new radio equipment and the State is providing new 9-1-1 answering and recording systems. The center will see a new operating system for entering calls for services. We will go from dispatching 27 public safety agencies to 30. I appreciate Lt. Katy Lieuallen and all her staff for their hard work.

The Criminal Division of the Sheriff’s Office has seen significant amount of change over the past year. Detective Dave Williamson was promoted at the beginning of the year to Patrol Lieutenant. Dave has 25 years of experience. We have two new patrol Sergeants, Adam Gregory and Josh Roberts. Adam came to us from the Milton-Freewater- Police Department and has close to 30 years of law enforcement experience. Josh came from the Hermiston Police Department and has 15 years of law enforcement experience. Reserve Deputy Jason Post took a full time position with the Patrol Division and will graduate from the Police Academy in June. This will bring the patrol level up to 10 full time officers.