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, 2015 – Things are busy as ever in Umatilla County! At the end of 2014 and in response to our recent growth, to increase professionalism and provide more upward mobility within the agency, I promoted three division heads to the rank of captain, and one to lieutenant. I am delighted to announce the promotions of: Dave Williamson to Captain of Criminal Division, Kathy Lieuallen to Captain of Communications Division, Stewart Harp to Captain of Corrections Division, and Sterrin Holcomb to Lieutenant of Civil Division. Captain Harp will also serve as the Vice Chair for the Oregon Sheriffs’ Jail Command Council.

In January, we began a contract for police services with the City of Athena. Through the contract we were able to add two new positions to the Patrol Division. We welcome Deputy John Reitz, a 13- year veteran officer and formerly a sergeant with Athena Police Department, and Deputy Jason Schaffner, a new officer who is currently in the field training officer program. We look forward to their contributions. With these additions, we now have thirteen deputies in our patrol staff which is up from seven about two years ago, but still short of our goals.

Also in January, we were pleased to learn that Umatilla County Search and Rescue Sergeant Dwight Johnson was honored by the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce as their “2014 Man of the Year.” In addition to serving as our SAR Manager where he has been involved in many lifesaving rescue missions, Sergeant Johnson supervises UCSO Courthouse Security, and is a long-time volunteer with several civic groups and organizations, including the Pendleton Lions Club, the Warming Station for the homeless and many others. Dwight’s humble, can-do attitude, his professionalism and dedicated service to the citizens of our communities made him a very deserving choice to receive this award.

Our office is currently in the budgetary process. Money is tight as always, but we will try to make gains in our divisions to provide better service.

The Umatilla County Jail is engaged in renegotiating the contract with our medical provider. The contract is likely to increase substantially because our average daily inmate population for 2014 was about 185. Captain Harp and his staff have done a phenomenal job of holding the contract numbers and other costs down, but that may change.

Lastly, a fond farewell to OSP Senior Trooper Mike Schultz. We grew up with Mike, and he recently retired after spending most of his career serving Umatilla County on our local drug enforcement team. Happy retirement, Mike!