Mayor Tammy Kaufman shakes Police Chief Jordan White’s hand after swearing White in as the new chief of police in Gold Beach.

Chief Jordan White became the newest member of the Gold Beach Police Department when he was sworn-in by Mayor Tamie Kaufman during the city council meeting on October 4.

Before joining the Gold Beach Police Department, White spent three years with the Curry County

Sheriff’s Office, where he served as a patrol sergeant. He is also a home builder in his off-time and has been developing property in Gold Beach to increase the inventory of workforce housing.

White has had a dynamic public safety career spanning over 25 years and has included emergency medicine, firefighting, search and rescue, law enforcement and public safety aviation. White spent most of his life and career in northwest Montana where he began serving his community when he was 18 years old. The excitement of helping people led him to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office where he served as a patrol supervisor, SWAT team member, rescue diver, search and rescue coordinator and was appointed as the undersheriff. White co-founded a first of its kind public/private philanthropic helicopter rescue program in 2012. He is a dual rated commercial pilot, rescue specialist and served as the programs director prior to moving to Oregon. The program continues to provide philanthropically funded rescue operations across Montana and Idaho.

White and his wife, Natalie, fell in love with Gold Beach and the southern Oregon coast while vacationing through the area in 2018. He was raised with stories of living on the ocean from his mother who had grown up in Carmel, California. After her unexpected passing, White and Natalie decided it was time for a change and Sheriff John Ward offered Jordan a job during their visit.

Jordan and Natalie are deeply ingrained in the Gold Beach community and look forward to meeting even more people and finding new ways to serve. White has an extensive background in emergency management and preparedness and looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with our community and neighbors on the southern coast. White said collaboration has been the key to his success and our limited resources are the perfect catalyst to working together as entities families, and individuals to achieve our greatest potential.


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