By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications
Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series recognizing Finney County employees who retired in 2017.
The thing Randy Evans enjoyed about his 29 years in law enforcement has been the wide variety in day to day activities.
“It was never the same any two days. I mean the basic stuff was redundant, but when you got out of the office and hit the road … just kind of followed the radio at that point,” said Evans, who retired from the Finney County Sheriff’s Office on March 20.
Except for a nine-month period when he worked for Holcomb, all of Evans’ tenure was spent with Finney County.
Coming out of high school in 1983, Evans didn’t want to go to college so we went to work at Fansler Tires in Garden City. In the middle of 1984 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent four years in the service.
Evans said in high school he was interested in joining the highway patrol but it wasn’t possible due to the heavy hiring pool at the time — something like 3,000 applicants for 30 jobs across the state. He credits a family friend, the late KHP trooper Kent Newport, with putting in a good word for him when Evans applied for a job at the sheriff’s office.
Evans started on road patrol for the county and has worked on a DEA task force and became firearms instructor/range master. He retired as a warrants/fugitives deputy. Like a lot of people who work in law enforcement, Evans enjoyed helping people.
“I liked to be able to be the one to help and make a difference,” he said. “I always told the guys I supervised if anybody in the county could make a difference, it’s us working the road because we see things, we can act on things, we have the authority to do something, where Joe Citizen goes where’s a cop when you need one.
“I tried to install that in guys, that, ‘Hey, look, we can make a difference,'” he said.
Evans plans on staying busy in retirement. Nearly immediately after leaving the county, he started work as an adjuster for Rain and Hail, LLC, an Iowa-based company that sells crop insurance.
“Let’s see, my retirement party was on the 20th (of March) and that evening I was in Kearney, Neb., for training for three days. So I really haven’t taken a break, which is OK. I enjoy staying busy and having something to do,” Evans said with a smile.
Evans and his wife Catherine been married 27 years and have two children, a son Calvin, who’s 23 and just married who works for the county noxious weed department, and a daughter Lauren, 20, who is a sophomore at Washburn University.
Evans said it’s been a good career, and public service is something he would recommend to the next generation.
“There’s always good and bad anywhere you go, but you have to decide does the good outweigh the bad. If it doesn’t, you need to move on. And when you think about the way health insurance is these days, it’s a big benefit to have what the county offers,” he said. “I knew, but didn’t realize, that medical is so ‘cheap’. I’m on the county’s Cobra and pay exactly what I did when I was working. That’s a great benefit. I don’t know if I could have retired had that not happened.”