Findley to receive Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award

On behalf of the Ruston Kiwanis, the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce has announced that Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Captain Ronald Findley will receive the 2021 Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.           

Ronald Findley was born in Bernice in 1970 where he grew up and attended schools at Bernice Elementary and Bernice High School graduating in 1988. Ronald enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1990 and served twenty-three years as a Tanker and a Drill Sergeant, retiring in 2013 as a Master Sergeant. During his service to the country, Ronald served two tours of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom and the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq. 

In 2013, following his military service, Ronald worked with the Louisiana State Office of Probation and Parole, and received his Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certification. Ronald began his law enforcement career with the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office in 2014 serving as a patrol deputy. He was quickly promoted to Sergeant and then Lieutenant supervising the daily operations of a Patrol Team. Ronald holds multiple law enforcement certifications, but one that is closest to his heart is that of an instructor for the Below 100 program. This training program is designed to influence law enforcement culture by providing innovative training and awareness to identify the leading causes and current trends that can help prevent line of duty deaths. He passionately teaches this course to deputies on an annual basis. Captain Findley is also the team leader for the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office Crisis Negotiation Team, working very closely with the Special Response Team to de-escalate extremely high risk and violent situations.

In 2020, Sheriff Stephen Williams promoted Findley to Captain and assigned him to the Civil Division where he currently serves. This division of the Sheriff’s Office oversees the daily operations including courthouse building security, ensuring safety and order during criminal and civil court sessions, civil paper services and the probation division. Sheriff Williams says “Captain Findley is a man of great character and faith, with a work ethic that is unmatched”.  

Ronald is married to Michellian Findley, who works with the Lincoln Parish School Board as a fifth grade math teacher at Cypress Springs Elementary. They have three children: Ronderio, Ronisha, and Ronald Samuel and attend Zion Travelers Baptist Church. Ronald loves spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and football.