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Sheriff Martin A. Ryan comes from a family with deep roots in Amador County’s history. Sheriff Ryan is the fourth generation of a 6 generation Amador County family, tracing his family back to the mid 1800’s. One great-grandfather, Eugene Lucot served as Constable for the town of Volcano from 1881-1891 and another, Arthur Burbeck McLaughlin was the founder, in 1887, of what later became McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill, a popular local tourist destination. He also served as County Supervisor for the Volcano area from 1894-1901. His maternal grandfather, George Washington Lucot served as Amador County Sheriff-Tax Collector from 1914-1954 and is believed to be the longest tenured elected Sheriff in California history, if not the United States. His father, Martin Henry Ryan, served as a Deputy Sheriff in the 1950’s and later became Amador County’s Superior Court Judge from 1977-1990. His brother, Michael Ryan, has served as the County Treasurer-Tax Collector since 1991.
Sheriff Ryan attended and graduated from local schools and is a graduate of the University of California at Davis where he earned his BA degree. His law enforcement career began in 1975 when he was hired as the Chief Investigator for the Amador County District Attorney’s Office. After nearly six years in this capacity he was hired as a Special Agent for the California Department of Justice (DOJ) where he served the next 25 years. Sheriff Ryan served in all capacities and levels of responsibility within the DOJ California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) including Special Agent, Special Agent Supervisor, Special Agent in Charge of Intelligence Operations, Special Agent in Charge of the Sacramento Regional Office, Assistant Bureau Chief and finally Chief of the statewide CBI from 1999 through 2005.
In June of 2006, Sheriff Ryan was elected as the 25th Sheriff of Amador County and began his first term in January of 2007.
Sheriff Ryan is a graduate of the California Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (POST) Basic Police Academy (1975), California DOJ Special Agent Academy where he was elected Class President (1981), FBI National Academy (186th Session), FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the U.C. Davis Executive Development Course, the POST Command College (Class 25) and holds the POST Executive Certificate.
In 2009 Sheriff Ryan was honored by the Amador County Peace Officer’s Association as their Peace officer of the Year.
Active in the California State Sheriff’s Association (CSSA), Sheriff Ryan is the Chairman of the Tribal Issues Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Associate Membership and Publications Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Political Action Committee, and is the current Second Vice President (2013).