Sheriff Terry Wagner celebrates 40 years with Lancaster County

Posted by: Marlenia Thornton

Terry Wagner started with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office back in 1976 as a dispatcher.

The 21–year–old couldn’t be a deputy sheriff just yet because there were no openings

So, he saw it as a foot in the door.

Just a couple months later,  Wagner would be appointed to deputy sheriff.

"I mean at that stage I was 21. Everything was new and exciting. I enjoyed it all it was really fun,” Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

Fast forward to 2016, Wagner is now sheriff and has been with the office for 40 years.

"My grand father worked for the rail road for 44 years and I thought how could anyone work for one place that long, I won’t be far from that, he  said.

He served as deputy sheriff for 18 years in various roles and was ranked as a sergeant before being elected sheriff in ’94.

"The stars and moon aligned for my personal and professional life and I had some good support. I just decided there weren’t really any real down sides,” Wagner said.

Since then, Wagner has run unopposed five times.

He’s the second longest serving sheriff in the county’s more than 150 year history.

What Wagner enjoys most about his job is knowing the community appreciates what the sheriff’s office does..

He said he doesn’t know where all the time has gone.

"It feels just like yesterday. It’s hard to believe 40 years have gone by so quickly,” he said.

At the end of this term,  Wagner will have been sheriff for 24 years.

He said he’s thinking of running one more time.