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Sheriff's Message
I love Cowlitz County! I was born and raised here, and other than a couple of years staying with my Uncle Sam, I have lived my whole life here. I married here, have raised my kids here and have worked for the citizens of Cowlitz County for over 30 years.

I also grew up with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. My father started out as a deputy around 1950 and retired in 1986 after three terms as the county Sheriff. And now, here I am, sitting in the same office as my father did. What an honor!

I do not believe there is, or has ever been, a better trained, more dedicated, hard-working group of individuals than the current employees of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office. They approach each call for service with the same commitment and effort. Their work ethic is apparent and their service to the community is exemplary.

While it’s true that there are a great many challenges to the Sheriff’s Office, not the least of which is the budget, it is the honor and pride that every employee brings to the table that makes this such a wonderful team. Time after time, these public servants show their care and compassion for the community through the way that they handle everything-from folks who come in to the front counter with routine questions or requests for assistance, to the most dangerous of situations where lives literally hang in the balance.

As proud as I am of the employees here, I also love the people we serve. For the number of crimes and problems that we encounter, there are many times that number of citizens who go about their lives and business in a quiet, secure manner that is respectful of their fellow citizens and neighbors.

Please enjoy this beautiful place. Take part in the wonderful things that it offers. And should unfortunate circumstances befall you, please know that the dedicated men and women of the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office are here to help you.

We serve all with Honor, Pride and Integrity.


Sheriff Mark S. Nelson

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