With the current sheriff preparing to leave office, another longtime officer is getting ready to retire from the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Thursday will be the last day for Maj. Ron Cranor, who serves as undersheriff.
Cranor, who began his career with the Kansas Highway Patrol, said he’s worked in law enforcement for more than 47 years.
Cranor said he’s held the position of undersheriff twice. He’s served as undersheriff in Leavenworth County longer than anyone else. And he’s served with more sheriffs than any other Leavenworth County undersheriff.
Cranor, who turns 76 today, said he would be willing to stay with the Sheriff’s Office if he was younger.
“I know it’s my time to go,” he said.
Originally from Kansas City, Kan., Cranor joined the Kansas Highway Patrol in July 1959. He retired from the KHP in 1990 and immediately went to work for the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office as undersheriff.
At the time, he was working under Sheriff Terry Campbell. He continued to serve as undersheriff under Sheriff Herb Nye until leaving the Sheriff’s Office in 1999.
“I thought I was retiring then,” he said.
He later went to work as a security officer at the Justice Center. He returned to the Sheriff’s Office after he was asked to again serve as undersheriff by Sheriff Dave Zoellner.
Cranor has continued to serve as undersheriff during both of Zoellner’s terms as sheriff.
Zoellner, who did not seek a third, will be leaving office as the new sheriff, Andy Dedeke, is sworn in next week.
Cranor said his association with the Sheriff’s Office goes back further than 1990. As an officer in the Kansas Highway Patrol, he was transferred to Leavenworth in 1964. At the time, he rented a home from the person who serving as sheriff. And he initially had an office at the Leavenworth County Jail.
“I’ve had a great association with these people,” he said.
In 1968, he was transferred to Johnson County where he spent about five years. But he then moved to Tonganoxie, where he’s lived for more than 40 years.
Cranor said he also has a long association with Zoellner. The sheriff tells a story of once being pulled over by Cranor when the future undersheriff was with the KHP.
Cranor said one of the things he has enjoyed about working in law enforcement is that “no two days are the same.”
“You never know what is going to happen,” he said.
Cranor believes he will miss some aspects of his job but admits there are some parts he won’t miss.
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After retiring, Cranor will be moving to Montana, where he and his wife have purchased a home.