Lees­burg Po­lice Chief Lanny Ran­sum re­tires

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One of Chero­kee County’s vet­eran law en­force­ment agents has an­nounced his re­tire­ment. Cit­ing health rea­sons, Lees­burg Po­lice Chief Lanny Ran­sum stated in a re­cent let­ter to the mayor and town coun­cil that his last day is Nov. 1.

“I would like to no­tify you of my re­tire­ment from the po­si­tion of Chief of Po­lice of the Lees­burg Po­lice Depart­ment,” said Ran­sum in the let­ter to Mayor Brandy Pierce and the Lees­burg Town Coun­cil. “It has been 20 years since I joined this or­ga­ni­za­tion. I re­ally en­joyed work­ing with this es­teemed or­ga­ni­za­tion which pro­vided me the best op­por­tu­nity to learn and grow. Even though I still have two more years of my ser­vice left in the or­ga­ni­za­tion but I am giv­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of re­tire­ment be­fore the two years are up.”

Ran­sum, ac­cord­ing to bi­o­graph­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, be­gan his ca­reer in law en­force­ment as a dis­patcher and jailor for the Chero­kee County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. He worked part-time with the Cedar Bluff Po­lice Depart­ment and was later pro­moted to full-time sta­tus with the sher­iff’s of­fice the day of the Palm Sun­day tor­nado in 1994.

Ran­sum, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, be­gan work­ing for the Lees­burg Po­lice Depart­ment in 1996 as a pa­trol of­fi­cer where he later served as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor and worked in the nar­cotics di­vi­sion. Ran­sum also worked as a bad check in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. He was pro­moted to Lees­burg Po­lice Chief in 2007.

“As you are aware, I have some med­i­cal com­pli­ca­tions due to a work­man’s comp in­jury from 2008,” said Chief Ran­sum in the let­ter to Mayor Pierce and coun­cil mem­bers. “I am tak­ing a med­i­cal re­tire­ment. I have thought long and hard about this de­ci­sion and I feel my health is more im­por­tant to me and my fam­ily and its time that I take care of my health for a healthy liv­ing. I believe that you will re­spect my de­ci­sion and will ac­cept my re­tire­ment which should be ef­fec­tive Nov. 1, 2016.”

“I will be avail­able to help in the selection of a new po­lice chief if I am needed,” said Ran­sum. “I ap­pre­ci­ate the op­por­tu­nity to serve as the Po­lice Chief”.

In­cum­bent Brandy Pierce will keep his job as mayor for an­other four years. Pierce was the vic­tor in the Tues­day, Oct. 4 Lees­burg runoff elec­tion win­ning over Chal­lenger Har­ley Lamey by a vote of 154 to 101.

The elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to re­ports, drew 243 votes, ex­clud­ing ab­sen­tee bal­lots.

Pierce and Lamey were two of three can­di­dates who ran in the ini­tial mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion Aug. 23. After re­ceiv­ing the top votes, they ad­vanced to the runoff elec­tion.

Pierce, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults, re­ceived 144 votes and10 ab­sen­tee votes.

Lamey, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults, re­ceived 99 votes and two ab­sen­tee votes.

LANNY RAN­SUM

BRANDY PIERCE

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