Gene Dana is on his fifth term as the elected Sheriff. He has been in law enforcement for over 43 years, serving with the Washington State Patrol for 25 years. He is the longest currently serving elected Sheriff in the State and the longest serving Sheriff in the History of Kittitas County. He has served as President of the Washington Sheriffs' Association, President of the Ellensburg Rodeo Board, President of the Ellensburg Rotary and on the WASPC Executive Board. He serves on the KITTCOM executive board and the Law and Justice Council. The Sheriff is responsible for law enforcement, corrections, civil division, emergency management, search and rescue and marine patrol.

Mission statement

The mission of the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office is to treat the people with respect and dignity while accepting the duties and responsibilities required by law and to serve faithfully and honestly. To safeguard lives and property, protect against deception, intimidation and disorder. To investigate diligently those crimes and activities which violate law, while utilizing professional and cost effective standards and techniques available to law enforcement.