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Veteran Deputy Retires
(February 24, 2005)

Deputy Ted McElyea has retired from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office after twenty three (23) years of service. Deputy McElyea's last working day was February 10th. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, and the citizens of Johnson County would like to thank Ted for his many years of service. Sheriff Terry McLaughlin recently nominated Deputy Ted McElyea for a national honor. The National Sheriff's Association is giving an award for the Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisor of the year. Deputy McElyea's name has been submitted. Deputy McElyea has been the leader of the Explorer Program here at the Sheriff's Office for many years. Here is a little bit of history on Ted: Ted was born in Effingham, Illinois in 1939. He became a Boy Scout in 1954. He became a Scout Leader in 1958. Ted joined the U.S. Navy in 1958 and remained in the Navy until moving to Greenwood in 1963. Ted's first job was setting up bowling pins at the West Morris Street bowling alley in Indianapolis. He worked for International Harvester from 1962 to 1982. He worked part time for Sears Automotive for twenty one years. Deputy Ted McElyea has asked the Sheriff to remain with the agency as a Special Deputy in order to stay active in the Explorer Scout Program. Deputy Ted McElyea is married to his wife Ruth, and has four (4) grown children. On February 10th Ted was honored at his retirement ceremony with a retirement watch, id, and was given his department issued weapon. We would like to wish Ted the best of luck in his retirement and thank him for his twenty three (23) years of service to the people of Johnson County and his forty six (46) years to the Boy Scouts of America.

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