Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office deputy sheriff retiring after 47-year career

A long-time deputy with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is set to retire.

Sheriff Terry Wagner said Deputy Sheriff William ‘Woody’ Woodruff’s last day with the agency will be Thursday. 

Woodruff began his career with LSO in 1972 as a dispatcher, and received his commission as a Deputy Sheriff in 1975. At 47 years, he is the longest serving member of the agency. His career included stints as a dispatcher, patrol deputy, criminal investigator and, for the past 20 years, Civil Process deputy. 

“He embraced every assignment with enthusiasm, dedication and cheerful attitude,” Wagner said in a press release. 

Woodruff has received over 60 commendations from LSO administration and other law enforcement and government agencies. He was named Deputy Sheriff of the Year in 1997. 

“The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office extends our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Deputy Bill Woodruff for his 47 years of dedicated service to the Office and to the citizens of Lancaster County.” 


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