Provided by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Robert “Bob” Jozwiak recently announced his retirement from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office after 29 years of dedicated service to the citizens and visitors of Lincoln County. His last day in uniform will be September 30th.
Bob was hired as a Corrections Officer by former Sheriff Norman Counts on May 17, 1982. The jail at that time was much different that the modern facility we have today. It was located on the third floor of the courthouse where Judge Sheryl Bachart’s courtroom currently exists and housed 24 inmates. Our current jail houses 161.
On September 05, 1984 Bob left the jail and began his career in the patrol division.
In 1986 he was awarded the Lifesaving Award for his action in rescuing a man from the surf near Yachats.
In 1987 Bob was assigned as the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol Deputy where he remained until he was promoted. Lt. Dave Carey, the Sheriff’s Patrol Commander gives Bob a great deal of credit for his own career with Lincoln County. The two met in the late 1980’s while Bob was a marine deputy and Lt. Carey was serving in the Coast Guard in Newport. Lt. Carey stated that Bob talked him into applying when his enlistment was ending.
In January of 1992 Bob was promoted to Patrol Sergeant where he has served diligently ever since. Aside from a sergeants duty to oversee the functions of patrol and investigations Bob has overseen countless programs. Most notably he has served for many years as the Marine Program Manager and the Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator.
As the Marine Program Manager he has worked closely with the Oregon State Marine Board and other partners around the state to ensure Lincoln County always had the resources to effectively ensure the boating safety in our community.
As the SAR Coordinator, Bob has successfully overseen countless very successful missions that undoubtedly saved many lives. Because Oregon Sheriffs all work together to help each other on large missions, Bob has been very involved statewide ensuring the best SAR policies and laws were in place.
In September of 2010 Bob was appointed by Governor Kulongoski to the Governor’s SAR Policy Commission.
Bob has honorably served for four elected Sheriff’s that include Norm Counts, Larry Spencer, John O’Brien and current Sheriff Dennis Dotson.
Sheriff Dotson stated, “As a great person with three decades of knowledge and experience, Bob will be greatly missed. But he will always be a part of this great Sheriff’s Office family.”