New personnel hired for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department

Over the first four months of 2019, the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office has gained several new employees across the Communications, Records and Patrol divisions.

Communications Deputy Katherine Perkins started her training in April. She is in her training to serve in the Okanogan County Dispatch center. Brianna Mills began her training in February 2019 as a Communications Deputy.

“They will be a couple new voices you will hear when you make the call to our dispatch center,” said Sheriff Toney Hawley.

Rebecca Tugaw joined the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Records division in March 2019.

“She will be one of the first you’ll see upon coming to the Sheriff’s office for services dealing with civil papers or concealed weapons applications,” said Sheriff Hawley.

In April, Okanogan County Sheriff’s office gained two new patrol deputies. Sheriff Hawley swore in Cody Lunn and Ricardo Covarubios as new patrol deputies. They are both scheduled to begin training at the Criminal Justice Training Center next week. Once they have completed the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, which is about 5 months long, they will begin their Field Training program at Okanogan County Sheriff’s office.

Patrol Deputy Gary Hirst was hired from Oroville Police Department as a lateral deputy in March 2019 and is in the final stages of his Field Training. Once that is completed he will be patrolling the north end of Okanogan County.

OCSO still has open positions in Communications and Corrections and will be hiring. Those that are interested and ready to serve Okanogan County local testing is set for May 10 at the County Commissioners hearing room 123 N. 5th Ave, Room 150, Okanogan. Corrections applicants should contact Okanogan County Human Resources at 422-7169 for requirements to test. Communications applicants should visit www.publicsafetytesting.comto register for the local May 10 testing date. If interested contact the dispatch center to schedule a visit and learn about the role the 911 dispatch center plays in emergency services system.