Leesburg Police Chief Lanny Ransum retires
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.