David M. Ward, Sheriff
Emergency Program Director
485 N Court Avenue #6
Burns, Oregon 97720-1524
Sheriff's Office Staff
Missy Ousley, 9-1-1 Supervisor
Concealed Handgun Licenses
Chris Nisbet, Deputy Sheriff
Brian Needham, Sergeant
Drug Enforcement Task Force
Search & Rescue
Rod Spannaus, Deputy Sheriff
Lucas McLain, Deputy Sheriff
Parker Hetherwick, Deputy Sheriff
The Mission of the Harney County Sheriff’s Office is, “To serve our community by providing superior public safety and exceptional professional service in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner, while preserving the right of all individuals.”
Core Values and Standards
Our values are honor, integrity, ethics and professionalism.
To protect and serve for a safer community
The Harney County Sheriff's Office works to protect the citizens of Harney County. The services that are offered further public safety in this area and throughout this region. A complete listing of nearly all of Oregon's Law Enforcement Agencies are listed on the 911 Police, Sheriff and Law Enforcement Website.
- 911 Dispatch - Enhanced 911 dispatch technology and computer aided dispatch capabilities.
- Civil Process - The Sheriff's Office can provide delivery of legal documents for a fee.
- Concealed Handgun License - The ability to carry firearms is available with proper license and training.
- Correctional Facility (County Jail) - The County Jail provides immediate incarceration of persons brought in by local law enforcement agencies.
- Crime Prevention Tips - The opportunity for crime to occur is increasing substantially with the availability of information. Learn how to prevent crime from happening to you!
- Drug Enforcement Task Force - Illegal drug use is everyone's problem.
- Emergency Management - Being prepared for emergencies will prove to be a great benefit when an actual emergency does occur.
- Homeland Security - Know all about the National Homeland Security System.
- Marine Enforcement - Water safety is extremely important and being aware of safety practices while on the water can save lives.
- Search and Rescue- Harney County is one of the largest Counties in Oregon and so hunting, fishing and general outdoor activities may lead to persons being lost or in need of help where finding them may prove to be a challenge
- Sex Offender Registration - View registration requirements.
- Sheriff's Posse - A feature of the Search and Rescue division is a mounted "Posse" to find those that are in remote areas where vehicles cannot travel.