Greene retires from sheriff’s office
By Jared Speckman
Greene, 57, joined the sheriff’s office April 15, 1984, as a sheriff’s deputy.
Green prospered in his time in law enforcement in Jefferson County. He spent the past 30 years moving his way up the ranks and increasing his duties within the county office.
On June 29, 1984, Greene graduated from the police academy as a law enforcement officer for the state.From there, he joined the tri-county drug enforcement unit made up of Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson counties in December 1994.
Since 2001, Greene has been doing much of his work with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation, making some of the biggest narcotics busts in the country.
“In several of my cases, I had FBI credentials,” he said. “I think I might be the first in Jefferson County to have FBI credentials.”
Greene admits that each case was different and some took up to two years to close.
He recalls one of his biggest busts several years ago in Kansas City, when he and his team busted one of the biggest methamphetamine dealers west of the Mississippi River. He said that 26 people were arrested that day, one of the many highlights of his career.
Aside from dealing with the “bad guys,” what Greene liked most about being with Jefferson County for 30 years was being able to help the people.
“It doesn’t seem like 30 years,” he said. “We don’t always get to meet the nice guys but I loved being in a position to help guys.”
Greene enjoys reminiscing about the people he met along the way and the three sheriffs he worked for.
“They always treated me right. Everybody has always been great to me,” he said.
Before coming to Jefferson County, Greene lived in Solomon, where he got his start in law enforcement. He also worked as a firefighter in Salina as well, reinforcing the idea that all he wanted to do was help people.
Greene made Jefferson County his new home in 1983. He met Lori Forbes when he arrived. She eventually became his wife.
“(Lori) had quit the optical lab she worked at in Topeka and was a dispatcher at the sheriff’s office and that’s how we met,” Greene said.
Together they built a house in Meriden and had two children. Tyler, 17, and Dylan, 13, attend school in Jefferson County.
Greene can’t specifically recall a favorite memory from his time with the office, just that he loved every minute of his job.
“I’ve done so much. Like I said, I was just glad to be in a position to help people,” Greene said. “There was something new and different every day.”
Greene doesn’t worry about getting bored now that he is retiring from his full-time position with the county. He says he has plenty of things to keep him busy.
If everything goes according to plan, he is going to do some part-time detective work for Sheriff Jeff Herrig in the future. He also plans to continue to be the assistant police chief in Nortonville. He says he has a whole list of projects that he plans to complete with more time on his hands. He will miss the work, but he won’t forget all the fun he had doing it.
“I’ve had a ball,” he said. “I love what I did here.”
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