It is with heavy hearts that the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office announces the passing of Sergeant Jim Mowrey on August 9, 2023, following a valiant and determined battle against cancer over the course of four months. Jim's unwavering commitment to his duties and the community he served has left an indelible mark on the department and our hearts.
Sergeant Mowrey started his career with the Sheriff’s Office on January 2, 2007, and for 16 years, he demonstrated an unparalleled dedication to public service. Throughout his distinguished career, Jim seamlessly challenged himself to increase his level of responsibilities, including patrol duty, court bailiff, a member of the Marijuana Enforcement Team, a special agent of the Drug Task Force, a Field Training Officer, and a respected Corporal.
Jim’s extraordinary talents, determination, and physical abilities drove him to become a member of the Sheriff’s SWAT team. There, he took on the prestigious roles of Team Leader and Team Commander, leaving a lasting impact through his leadership and commitment. In recognition of his exceptional dedication and exemplary leadership, Jim earned a promotion to the rank of Patrol Sergeant on October 21, 2018.
In the past year, Jim took on the pivotal role of overseeing and guiding the operations of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force. He consistently set the bar high for himself and those he mentored, distinguishing himself as an exceptional law enforcement professional who consistently held himself to the highest standards.
A testament to his relentless pursuit of excellence, Jim recently graduated from the esteemed Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, underscoring his commitment to continual growth and improvement in his field.
Growing up in our very own community, Jim's genuine care for Humboldt County and its residents was highly visible. His selflessness and consistently placing the well-being of others before his own defined his character. Over the span of his 16-year service, Jim garnered numerous commendations and expressions of gratitude, each one a testament to his impactful contribution to our community.
Sergeant Jim Mowrey, 44 years old, was a devoted husband and a loving father of four, the youngest being just six years old. A cherished friend to many, his absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. The legacy he leaves behind is one of selflessness, dedication, and unwavering commitment to his family and our community.
The entire Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Sergeant Jim Mowrey during this difficult time. His memory will forever be engrained in our department's history and the hearts of those he touched.