The Union County Sheriff’s Office mission is to provide Professional Law Enforcement
Service with Honesty, Excellence, Respect, Integrity, Firmness, Fairness
and with Compassion and Valor to the citizens of Union County!

Sheriff Cody Bowen

As Sheriff we welcome you to Union County and all it has to offer citizens.  If you live here or are thinking about visiting we hope you enjoy our beautiful County and feel safe here.  We have a fully functioning patrol staff to handle all varieties of emergency and non-emergency calls for service.  Our Search and Rescue Unit is a very active and highly trained organization of volunteer citizens, which we call on frequently to assist those in need.  We utilize Reserve Patrol and Correctional Deputies to assist our full-time Staff.  We invite you to apply for our programs if you have an interest in Law Enforcement.

The County Commissioners feel that Law Enforcement is an important part of a safe, livable county and have supported our efforts by allowing us the funding needed to have well trained, equipped, and professional Deputies.  We work closely with and appreciate the efforts of our partnering agencies, the La Grande Police Department and the Oregon State Police.  Again, thank you for your support of the Sheriff’s Office.



Union County is still being hit hard by scammers  and robocallers. One of the more “popular” scams right now is the Social Security scam. We’ve also gotten calls about winning the lottery, Publisher’s Clearing House and credit cards. 

Remember… Social Security will NEVER call you and ask for your personal information! If you haven’t entered a lottery or Publisher’s Clearing House you can’t have won anything. And if they tell you that you have to send money to claim your prize, then you know it’s a scam!

NEVER give the caller any personal information. Your  best action is to simply hang up. If possible, block the number on your phone. 

If you would like to file a complaint about a scam call the Oregon Department of Justice at 877-877-9392 or visit their website at www.oregonconsumer.gov. Unfortunately there is nothing local law enforcement can do to assist you because these calls do not originate in Union County.

Job Openings:

Reserve Corrections Deputy:

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting applications for Reserve Corrections Deputies. This is a part time position assigned to work in the Union County Correctional Facility. Applicants must meet at a minimum the following conditions:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a US citizen (certified patrol and corrections positions only)
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Pass a written test (POST Exam)
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Complete a comprehensive background check
  • Pass a medical exam
  • Pass a drug screening

Pay will be at a rate of $20.00 per hour. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. To apply download an application, or pick one up at the office, and return it to the Sheriff’s Office in person or in email to sheriff@union-county.org

Applications can be downloaded here: https://unioncountysheriff.us/employment-opportunities/


Grande Ronde Valley from Indian Rock


Two charged after search warrant served

Yesterday afternoon, the Union County Drug Taskforce served a search warrant at 2705 ½ Birch St in La Grande. Through the information gathered, as well as a traffic stop conducted by Oregon State Police, law enforcement was able to get approval from a Union County Circuit Court Judge to obtain a signed search warrant, which …

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Body recovered from fatal vehicle accident

In the early afternoon of Saturday, August 26th, 2023, a family stopped at the Rock Springs overlook on the USFS 62 Road northeast of Cove, OR, found a crashed vehicle in the bushes below the cliff. They immediately contacted the Union County 911 dispatch to report the vehicle, and based on the vehicle description and …

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Pursuit ends in arrest

On Sunday, October 30th, 2022 at approximately 1225 hrs., a Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputy, attempted to contact Remington Pierre Miller (DOB-04/02/1987) at the Sinclair station in North Powder, OR. Mr. Miller, who had felony warrants for his arrest, fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the Union County Sheriff’s deputy, assisted by Oregon …

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Student brings fentanyl pills to school

On October 24th 2022 the Union County Sheriff’s Office received a report of suspected illegal pills located  by staff at the La Grande School District (Central School). A Deputy responded and located a pill bottle with a large amount of suspected Fentanyl pills contained inside. The pills were located in a seven-year-old students’ belongings. Upon …

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