Replacement selected to fulfill term of retiring Reno County sheriff

HUTCHINSON, Kan. Update Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019

The Reno County Republican Party Thursday night narrowly selected one Reno County Sheriff's Office captain over another to fulfill the term of retiring sheriff Randy Henderson, stepping down on Dec. 27.

The party gave the nod to Captain Darrian Campbell over Captain Steve Lutz, 23-18. Campbell will take over for Henderson on Dec. 28 and serve as Reno County sheriff for at least a year with Henderson's term concluding at the end of 2020.

"(Thursday night) the Reno County Republican Party had the choice between two worthy candidates," Henderson said. "Both represented the sheriff's office very professionally.

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September 24, 2019

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson announced his plans to retire on December 27.

"After over 43 years in law enforcement, I feel it is time for me to give more time to my family," Henderson says. "...I have had a blessed career, being mentored by some outstanding officers. I have been fortunate to have the greatest staff around me that have supported me and made my life/job pretty easy."

In retirement, he says he will have more time for his 98-year-old mother and will be able to attend more of his grandchildren's games and other school-related events.

Henderson says the timing for his retirement "will kick in a special appointment by the Republican Party in Reno County to fill the leadership void with the sheriff's office.

"This process should not burden Reno County in any financial way," Henderson says.