Letter from the Sheriff

It is an honor and privilege to serve the Citizens of Cowlitz County. I am joined by over 60 employees of the Sheriff’s Office, along with numerous skilled and highly dedicated volunteer members, who are here to serve the public safety needs of the Citizens and Visitors of Cowlitz County.   The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office strives to meet the highest standards in keeping the peace, search and rescue operations, and emergency management.

The Sheriff’s Office has a rich history and has served the Citizens of Cowlitz County since 1854. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the Citizenry by protecting their rights and property consistent with the protections enshrined in the Washington State Constitution and the United States Constitution.

Professional Law Enforcement is held to a high standard. Peace Officers are expected to abide by a high ethical and moral standard that is consistent with their sworn oath of office.

Sheriff Thurman

 The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office has adopted the following core values.

  • Leadership
  • Excellence
  • Service
  • Sacrifice

The Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office continuously strives to be prepared for the many challenges we face on a daily basis. I encourage you to contact our Office for any requests or questions you may have related to the operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  

Brad Thurman, Cowlitz County Sheriff