Chief Deputy Stephen Quigg
Chief Deputy Quigg realized shortly after graduating with the Class of 1971 from Shawnee Mission West High School that a career in law enforcement was his true calling. For the next several years he worked toward that goal and in June of 1978 he began the journey when he was hired by, then Sheriff Fred Allenbrand, to serve with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
On his first day of employment he was assigned to the City County Investigative Squad, which was at that time one of the premier undercover drug squads in the greater KC metro area. Asked to work undercover and identify and apprehend known drug dealers in the Gardner, Kansas area was the assignment. Chosen for this assignment because of his anonymity to the area and the local residents the assignment lasted approximately 4 days, before someone he knew saw him at a local restaurant where a large gathering of the drug users and suppliers had gathered. The acquaintance asked him the question, loud enough for all to hear, ‘How’s your new job at the Sheriff’s Office working out’. By day 5 of his employment he had been reassigned to work in the Jail. His opportunity to grow his hair, when he could still grow hair; and a beard long before it started coming in as gray/silver ended as quickly as it began.
Within a year he had graduated the Johnson County Regional Police Academy located at the Johnson County Community College. And he had been reassigned to work as a Patrol officer, in the Operations Division. From 1979 through 2011 his career took him from Patrol to the Street Drug Unit, where he served as a Sergeant. Back to Patrol as a squad supervisor and eventually promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He served as a Patrol shift commander and Patrol Administrative Lieutenant. He also served as the Lieutenant over the Community Policing Unit and was eventually assigned as the Lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation’s Unit.
Throughout his career Chief Deputy Quigg focused his law enforcement efforts on insuring the ideology of service to his community. Protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Johnson County was his first priority. Along the way he became a mentor and guiding force in his personal philosophy of preparing the next generation of deputies to succeed in their efforts to provide the same standard of professionalism and dedication necessary to serve our citizens.
Chief Deputy Quigg retired from active duty in December of 2011. With the election of Sheriff Cal Hayden in August 2016 came a request from Sheriff Hayden to return to active status and serve as his Chief Deputy. His response was an immediate yes, because he still felt the strong desire to serve and continue his efforts to maintain the ongoing professionalism of the agency and service to his community.