Photo by Joe Chitwood
Jim Crown on his final day of work.
Lincoln County Deputy Sherriff Jim Crown, 63, retired Thursday, ending a 27-year career with the department.He started his career with a one year stint at Chase County, then worked in law enforcement in Perkins County for eight years.
Crown has many memorable experiences from his job.
He worked for three sheriffs in Lincoln County -- Duane Deterding, Jim Carman and now with Jerome Kramer.
“Basically, I think the guys I worked with and met through my career is what I remember most,” he said. “We became a family.”
He started with no formal training.
“Back in the day when I started, you just learned on the job without any training whatsoever. You just picked it up as you went along,” he said. “The sheriff at that time thought the best way to learn was on the job.”
“You’d felt a little helpless on the street, at times, just being thrown in the water like that,” he said.
Overall, he said it has been a great career. “It is a little different now, there have been a lot of changes and not all of them for the good,” Crown said. “For the most part I have enjoyed it.”
He spent most of his career rotating shifts and patrolling the county, but lately has been assigned to court duty.
“They put me on this assignment towards the last of my career,” he said.
Sherriff Jerome Kramer said he worked with Crown since 1990.
“He started in January that year and I started in 1981,” he said. “Back in those days, we primarily worked night shifts, so we worked a ton of night shifts together.”
He said when Crown started working court on day shift it was kind of an oddity for him.
“All those years we rotated shifts from afternoons to midnights so the day shift was new to him. He was a night owl most of his career. We handled an awful lot of calls together over the years,” Kramer said.
Kramer remembers a tense moment they shared.
“We were called on a domestic situation and went rolling up the driveway,” he said. “Crown was in the second car and I was the first.”
He said when he drove around the corner facing the house, there was a man on the porch with a rifle pointed at him.
“Jim couldn’t see because I was in front and I couldn’t back up because he was in the road behind me.”
Kramer said they just bailed out of their patrol cars and took cover.
“We yelled at the guy and thankfully he put down the rifle,” he said. Back in those days we didn’t have long guns, just pistols, so he had us out armed quite heavily.”
Along with a few scary situations, they shared many good times.
“We tried to make every shift fun and we were pretty good at it,” he said.
Kramer said overall Crown was usually a happy-go-lucky guy.
He is married to Sharon, his wife of 46 years and has two sons and three grandchildren.
“One of my sons is a deputy in Dawson County,” he said.
Crown said a career in law enforcement is tough on a marriage.
“Working different shifts, along with it being hard not to bring some of your work home, causes a load of stress,”he said. “Consequently, if my wife was not one of the more understanding people on earth, it would never have lasted.”
Crown has not made major plans for his retirement.
“Maybe a little bit of traveling, if I can afford it,” he said.
Kramer said that Crown will be missed.
“We miss everybody that leaves, but are glad that most everyone goes on to keep doing something positive with their life,” he said. “He is done with law enforcement and I am happy for him. He has good health and will have a lot of good years to enjoy his retirement.”