The San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office held a special presentation to honor Chief Deputy Ron Hastie Thursday, who is retiring from the sheriff’s department after 31 years of service.
Hastie joined the Sheriff’s Office in 1987, after growing up watching his father work as a deptuy.
He spent the years moving up from being a patrol deputy to later supervising the divisions he used to work in.
Hastie said the biggest challenge facing the Sheriff’s Office is mental health and the approach to people with mental health has changed greatly during his career.
He said the most rewarding part of his job is coaching young deputies and see them give back to the community.
“As you grow, as you mature you start thinking more about developing others as opposed to reflecting inward so much on yourself. It’s more about teamwork to solve the problems that are out there that society faces,” said Heastie.