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!

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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.


Effective September 25, 2021 the cost of a Concealed Weapons Permit is increasing. The cost of a renewal is increasing to $75 and a new permit will cost $115 ($100 for the permit and $15 for the fingerprints)

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is seeking applications for Reserve Corrections Deputies. Reserve Corrections Deputies perform a wide range of functions within the Sheriff’s Office ranging from courtroom security, inmate transports, and working assignments within the Correctional Facility.

This position carries with it a highly flexible schedule based off of the Reserve Deputies availability making this job great for entry level employees seeking to gain experience in the criminal justice system, retired or previous law enforcement or correctional employees, or those seeking additional employment that will work around their hours.

This is a paid position and is compensated between $18.00 and $20.00 an hour depending on experience.

Interested candidates must download and submit an application from our website found at https://unioncountysheriff.us/?page_id=587

Positions are open until filled.


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.

Coming Events:

For the month of December the Sheriff’s Office will offer 2022 dog licenses at a 10% discount. Licenses are valid from January 1st to December 31st. Come in and get furry friend licensed before the this discount ends. Not only is licensing required by County Ordinance it’s very helpful if your pet is lost and gets picked up by animal control. They can return your pet to you before taking it to the animal shelter.


Grande Ronde Valley from Indian Rock


Contacting the Marine Deputy

To contact Deputy Tad Butcher, the Marine Deputy, during the months of September-May call 541 -963-1017 to leave a message. During the summer, May-August, he can be reached at 541-786-1054 or you can leave a message at 541-963-1017. He can also be contact by email at tbutcher@union-county.org.

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Scam Alert

Many residents of Union County are receiving scam calls claiming they owe the IRS money.  Please understand this is a scam, the IRS would not call you about your taxes. DO NOT give them any information, simply hang up. Unfortunately there is nothing local law enforcement can do. The scammers are not located in Union …

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Boat Registration

You can now get your boat registration at the Sheriff’s Office. We have gotten the materials from the Marine Board and are ready to go. Hours for registration are Monday-Friday from 8-5.

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Fillable PDF Forms

All of the forms on our web site are now fill-able PDFs. Most forms you can fill them out on line, save them and e-mail them to us. Some, like gun permits and job applications, you can fill out on line but then will need to print them out to sign them.

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