Captain Craig Ward, the Sheriff’s second in command, oversees the Patrol Deputies and is responsible for the office when the Sheriff is unavailable, as well as overseeing jail operations. Captain Ward has been with the Sheriff’s Office since the spring of 2000. He started out as a part time ATV Patrol Deputy and was promoted to Captain in 2006. He has over 30 years of law enforcement experience including several years as the Sheriff of Wheeler County.
Lori Lucas is the Jail Manager and responsible for the day to day operations in the correctional facility. Lori has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 1995, starting out as a Reserve Corrections Deputy. She was promoted to Corrections Deputy in 1997. She achieved her current position in 2011.
Sergeant Dave Nafziger is responsible for the day to day operations in the patrol division. Dave has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2009, starting as a Deputy. He was promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 2010. Prior to that he was with the Oregon State Police for 26 years when he retired as a Senior Trooper.
Cathie Falck, Office Manager, has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 1998. She started out working part time at the front desk and was promoted to full time Senior Department Specialist in 2000. Her job duties have evolved over the years and in 2010 the job title was changed to Office Manager. Cathie writes and administers most of the grants for the Sheriff’s Office and oversees all administrative operations, including payroll, accounts payable/receivable, orders supplies and equipment, arranges travel for the staff and supervises the Civil Service Division and Front Desk Reception along with serving as the confidential secretary for the Sheriff.
Shelley Kennedy is the Civil Clerk and Front Desk Receptionist. She has been with the Sheriff’s Office since the spring of 2010. Prior to that she spent 9 1/2 years as a 911 Dispatcher with the La Grande Police Department. Shelley process all civil service papers that come into the office and processes concealed handgun applications. In addition she is most often the first person people see when they come into the Sheriff’s Office front lobby.