The Ashland Police Department is divided into three divisions; Administration, Operations, and Support.
The Administrative Division consists of the Chief of Police Tighe O'Meara and Administrative Analyst Lynn Merrifield. The Administrative Division oversees department budget, purchasing, hiring, and the tracking of expenditures, payroll and accreditation.
The Operations Division consists of all uniformed patrol personnel including 1 Lieutenant, 4 Patrol Sergeants, 14 Patrol Officers, 1 Traffic Officer, 2 Central Area Patrol Officers (CAP), the Community Service Officer (CSO), Cadets and Park Patrol. Uniformed patrol is the backbone of the Police Department and provides the patrol staff that responds to all emergency and non-emergency calls within the city.
Lieutenant Hector Meletich oversees all uniformed personnel under the direction of the Deputy Police Chief.
The Support Division includes 1 Deputy Police Chief, 1 Detective Sergeant, 4 full-time Detectives, 1 part-time Detective, 1 Evidence Technician, 1 Investigations Specialist, 1 Lead Records Specialist, 2 full-time Records Specialists, 1 part-time Records Specialist and all of the Ashland Police Department Volunteers (VIPS). The division is also responsible for several administrative functions such as technological support, training, communications liaison to the Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatch center, internal affairs investigations, policy and procedures, and coordination of the Citizen Volunteer in Policing Services Program.
Deputy Chief Warren Hensman oversees both the Operations & Support Division under the direction of the Chief of Police.
The Ashland Police Department is an accredited agency through the Oregon Accreditation Alliance. Accreditation is an ongoing process, which validates that the agency has met professional standards and abides by them.
In this section you will find a photo and short bio on those in administration. We hope you'll take the time to learn about our Police Chief, Deputy Police Chief, Lieutenant and the Sergeants who make up our administrative team.