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

As your Sheriff, Cody Bowen 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 Bowen and his staff.

Meet Your Sheriff

Cody Bowen I was born and raised in Union County, where I have lived most of my life. I attended La Grande and Cove school districts, and have been a resident of the cities of La Grande, Cove, and Union. Some of my hobbies and passions include spending time outdoors camping, hunting and fishing. In …


Lieutenant Ken WoodwardLieutenant Ken Woodward is responsible for the Patrol Division.  Lieutenant Woodward joined the Sheriff’s Office is 2007 as a Corrections Reserve. In 2008 he was promoted to Patrol Deputy. He has also served as the Training Officer for the Sheriff’s Office and as the Range Master responsible for all firearms training. He is also …

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 …