The Sheriff’s Office is accountable to the Union County Commissioners, who are elected by the citizens of Union County, Oregon.

As your Sheriff, Boyd Rasmussen works hard to communicate with the citizens of Union County in order to provide efficient, effective law enforcement. He emphasizes teamwork within the office and in turn teamwork between Sheriff’s Office employees and the citizens they serve.

Learn more about Sheriff Rasmussen and his staff.

Boyd Rasmussen, Union County Sheriff

Meet Your Sheriff

Sheriff Boyd Rasmussen was born and raised in Union County. His family has been members of the farming community in Union County for many years. He began service with the Union County Sheriff’s Office in 1994 as a reserve deputy and was promoted to a full time patrol position in 1996. He was a member …


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 …

Department History

Union County was officially established on October 14, 1864 breaking it away from Baker County. It included what are now Wallowa County and the northeast portion of Baker County. The Governor of Oregon appointed the first county officials including his nephew Isaiah Geer as the first Sheriff. La Grande was designated as the temporary county …