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Stepping away from a labor of love and service

Civil office deputy Sue Ramey is retiring after serving the Crook County Sheriff's Office for 27 years


by: PHOTO COURTESY OF CCSO - Sue Ramey opens a gift during her retirement party on Monday afternoon. The civil office deputy is retiring from the Crook County Sheriff's Office after working there for the past 27 years.

Civil office deputy Sue Ramey recalls very few days in her 27-year career with the Crook County Sheriff’s Office when she wanted to stay home from work.

She can count them on one hand.

“I just really like my job,” she said. “I am really thankful and blessed that I have had this job, and I really enjoyed it.”

Nevertheless, Ramey finally decided to step away from the position she loves and begin her retirement. She completed her last work day this past Monday.

Civil office deputies handle a variety of tasks at the sheriff’s office. They answer phones and assist people who drop in with needs ranging from concealed handgun licensure to barking dog complaints. Ramey has processed warrant lists and sex offender registrations, and completed law enforcement data system entries and vehicle impound paperwork.

Sheriff Jim Hensley joined the office a few short months before Ramey arrived and has since witnessed her work firsthand. He has come away impressed and will miss her presence.

“She is one of the most dedicated, hardest working people to help the community that I have seen,” he said. “If somebody came in here with a problem, she would bring it to me or other people and see what we could do to help them. If we had something that we needed help on, Sue was always right there.”

The office staff threw a retirement party for Ramey on her last day, her first and final appearance in the building after a two-week vacation. Hensley said that when she left for vacations in the past, she would come back and return to work as usual. Nothing really changed.

This time, he sensed a different vibe during her two-week break.

“It just kind of soaked in that it just wasn’t the same around here,” he said. “Knowing that she wasn’t going to be around here anymore just leaves a big hole.”

Ramey arrived in Prineville in 1984 after holding a variety of jobs in Oregon and Alaska. She first landed a job with the Crook County District Attorney’s Office, before joining the Clerk’s Office staff two years later. In 1987, she took a job with the sheriff’s office where she has worked ever since.

“For someone to stay that long, she’s rare,” Hensley said.

Much has changed at the sheriff’s office since Ramey joined the staff 27 years ago.

“When I first started here, it was just two of us,” she said of the civil office staff. “Between the two of us, we did what five people do now. We got to do a little of everything.”

The building has changed a few times as well.

“It was a little house right here on the corner (of Court and Second streets), and it had been a church,” she said. “That got expanded upon, then it was moved out and part of this (the current) building was moved in. Then, it was remodeled and added onto. It changed a lot.”

Ramey hasn’t made any big plans for retirement at this point. She said she will pursue some interests at home and she hopes to keep a cleaner house. Travel will remain minimal, perhaps some additional visits to her three grandsons, as her husband has yet to conclude his career.

“He is still driving truck,” she said. “He has tried to retire three times. He’s worse than me.”

What is more certain is she will miss the people she has worked with over the years. With her last day winding down, she shared hugs with fellow coworkers and fought back tears.

“They have all been really nice,” Ramey said. “It has been a lot of good memories.”



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