By Barry Dalton
Deputy Ryan Teague, a Vandalia native, was named Deputy Sheriff of the Year by the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department. Teague started working in the jail division in 2014 before being transferred to the patrol division in 2017 after graduating from the Law Enforcement Training Institute in Columbia.
“Ryan has come a long way with us, is an excellent member and we’re proud of him,” said Sheriff Matt Oller.
Teague also received a Glock M48 pistol, graciously donated by Graf and Sons, as part of the award.
He says he has always wanted to be in law enforcement. He participated in the sheriff’s cadet program when he was 17 and went on ride-alongs during patrols.
“I strongly suggest anyone who wants to be in law enforcement do some ride-alongs before you just nose dive into it,” Teague said. “Yes, they’re exciting but at least you get a taste of what it is.”
A 2012 Van-Far graduate, Teague moved to Mexico about four years ago. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and bird hunting, but still comes back to Vandalia regularly to help out at his uncle’s farm.
His father works for Pepsi in Granite City, Illl, but his mother works in the office at Van-Far and at the Vandalia YMCA. You can also see Teague patrolling Vandalia from time to time.
“I still know a lot of people in Vandalia,” Teague said. “So I like working there, but what I really enjoy is being out on the road and patrolling the whole county.”
Deputy Ryan Teague is the 2021 Audrain Deputy Sheriff of the Year. Photo by Barry Dalton