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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Fall, 2014 – Just a few months ago, we began our dispatch consolidation with the City of Hermiston and things are going great. There is bound to be hiccups along the way, but so far, the issues are minimal. We welcomed four new dispatch personnel to our team from Hermiston PD: Karen Primmer, Kevin Dunham, Ben Johnson, and Darlene Schmidt. Together they bring numerous years of experience to our Communication Center, and will be great assets to the communities we serve. We also bid farewell to dispatcher Pam Lund, who moved to Idaho.

The Sheriff ’s Office continues to look for collaborative ways to serve the citizens of Umatilla County. By the time this article comes out, we will be providing contracted law enforcement services to the citizens of Weston, OR, who have been without a police department for several months. Recently, they unanimously voted to contract police services with our office. We look forward to teaming up with the City of Weston and serving their citizens.

During the summer, we have several large events in our region; the Umatilla County Fair and Farm City Pro Rodeo, the Helix Rodeo and Wheatstock, the 4th of July PBR event, and of course, the 104th running of the Pendleton Roundup. The Sheriff ’s Office provides services at all of these events. A very important part of making these events a success is our Reserve Deputy Program, and we simply could not do it without their help.

The UCSO Reserve Program is currently staffed with 18 dedicated volunteers, seven who are qualified to work on a solo basis. They assist our full-time deputies and patrol functions on a regular basis, which is invaluable. Annually, we partner with other area agencies to put on a 16- week Reserve Police Academy. Here, newly hired reserves attend the training on their own time. During their training, they ride with regular full time officers, and solo qualified reserves. After completing their training, a field training manual, and a required number of ride-along hours, a reserve officer can apply to become solo-qualified. Most of the reserve officers have full time jobs and family commitments, yet they somehow find time to provide public safety and give back to their communities. We are proud to say that our Reserve Deputies are among the most professional in the state. For information on how to become a UCSO Reserve Deputy, contact Bill Miller or Mike Hagen at 541-966-3612.