About Us


The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, established in 1853, is one of the oldest law enforcement organizations in the state of Washington. We have been serving Jefferson County for 150 years. Henry C. Wilson was appointed as the first Sheriff in 1853. Joe Nole is the 37th individual to hold the office.
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Our Work

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to provide non-discriminatory, effective and efficient law enforcement service in protecting the life and property of the citizens of Jefferson County, and to ensure that the constitutional rights of all persons are protected. The Sheriff is the chief executive officer and conservator of the peace of the county as directed under RCW 36.28. The Sheriff's Office maintains an office at the Justice Center in Port Hadlock, Courthouse in Port Townsend, a substation in Clearwater.

The current population of Jefferson County is approximately 31,000 of which approximately 18,000 reside in unincorporated areas. Jefferson County is 1,815 square miles. The Sheriff's Office provides law enforcement services to all the unincorporated area of the county.

Financial Budget

The Sheriff's Office budget for fiscal year 2020 is $6,721,306. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has 46 full-time positions and about 20 volunteers. Entry level testing for deputies is contracted with Public Safety Testing, for more information visit the Public Safety Testing website.