Ron Manly Appreciation for Service with PCSO


Ron Manly’s career with the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office began 41 years ago when he volunteered for the Junior Sheriff’s Posse. He retired this past Thursday, September 12th, after a career that saw him rise from junior volunteer to the rank of Senior Sergeant.

Commissioners Making Presentation

Ron joined the Junior Sheriff’s Posse as a volunteer in 1969 and continued in that role until 1975. He later served as a Senior Sheriff’s Posse Volunteer from 1978 to 1999.

Memento of Appreciation

Ron received his Police Officer Standards and Training certification in 1981 and he began his career as a sworn law enforcement officer at the Lamar Police Department on January 23, 1981. He worked there until August 23, 1984, serving under Chiefs Burgess and Franco.

Ron became a Deputy for the Prowers County Sheriff’s Office on August 24, 1984. He has served as a sheriff’s deputy for 35 years and is believed to be the longest-serving deputy the Sheriff’s Office has ever had. He served as a deputy to the last four Prowers County Sheriffs: Sheriff George Martin (1984 to 1986), Sheriff Jim Hamilton (1986 to 1998), Sheriff Jim Faull (1999 to 2015), and Sheriff Sam Zordel (2015 to present). He began as a patrol deputy and has worked his way up to Assistant Jail Administrator.

Ron has received the following awards:
–         Grand Cordon (twice):
–         Ready Commendation:
–         Honorable Service Medal (twice):
–         Official’s Medal (twice):
–         Unit Citations (six times)
–         Good Conduct Medal:  (will be due for 35 years this year.)

In addition to his law enforcement duties, Ron has cooked the Sand & Sage Fair barbecue dinner as a volunteer for 40 years, with the Sheriff’s Posse.

In retirement, Ron plans to enjoy his family on his four acres. He also plans to hunt, fish, and travel to Kentucky to visit his son. He hopes to begin a hobby of buying and selling antique farm equipment.

The Sheriff’s Office held an observance to celebrate this lifetime accomplishment with Sheriff Zordel making a presentation for his years of service as well as from County Commissioners, Ron Cook and Wendy Buxton Andrade. A celebration with family and friends has been set for the Lamar Elks Lodge Club Room, September 14, starting at 6:00 p.m.

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