Hayden to retire after 27-year career with JoCo Sheriff’s Office
Lt. Calvin Hayden, De Soto, will retire from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office after serving 27 years.
A reception in his honor will be from 1 to 3 p.m. June 5 on the second floor in the Operations Building at the Fred Allenbrand Criminal Justice Complex, 27747 W. 159th St., New Century AirCenter. Hayden's retirement becomes effective that day.
Hayden is a 1975 graduate of De Soto High School. He became interested in law enforcement when he was in junior high school when he, Scott Atwell and Andy Everson saw a Johnson County Sheriff's deputy patrolling the streets of De Soto. All three young men became deputies with the sheriff's office. Atwell is now a detective and Everson retired last year.
Born in Gardner and raised in De Soto, Hayden returned to Johnson County after beginning his law enforcement career in 1980 as a detention officer at the Summit County Sheriff's Office in Breckenridge, Colo.
"I wouldn't trade a second of it for anything in the world," Hayden said of his career. "It has been a ball. I have worked for some law enforcement legends and a great team of professionals. It's been fun."
He has served under four sheriffs, including longtime Sheriff Fred Allenbrand, who headed the department for more than three decades.
Hayden completed his training requirements for Johnson County deputy sheriff from the Johnson County Regional Police Academy in 1982. In June 1984, he was moved to the CityCounty Investigative Squad and assigned to narcotic investigations. Two years later, he was transferred to the Patrol Unit where he served until 1988, when he was promoted to sergeant and joined the staff at the newly-opened Adult Detention Center in downtown Olathe.
In March 1996, Hayden was transferred to the Communications Unit and was promoted to lieutenant a year later. He was instrumental in helping establish the mobile computing system, using computers and new technology directly in patrol vehicles to assist field deputies and better serve and protect the public.
A highlight of his career also occurred in 1996 when Hayden, along with Sergeant Stuart Burton, saved the Remple family by breaking out a rear door and assisting them out of their burning home near 175th Street and Renner Road. Both officers received the Award of Valor for their lifesaving efforts.
"We came upon the burning home after working an accident," he said. "We were basically in the right place at the right time."
Hayden returned to the Patrol Unit in 1998. His final transfer occurred in 2004 when he was assigned to his current duties of shift commander at the AirCenter's Adult Detention Center after completion of the Certified Public Managers program.
In 2005, Hayden was deployed to assist in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort to the Gulf Coast states, working in Mississippi. He was among the sheriff's personnel who volunteered for deployment last year to assist in the flooding of counties in Southeast Kansas, working in Coffeyville.