Stroot retires after 25 years in El Dorado |

Stroot retires after 25 years in El Dorado

William Ferchland
Billy Ferchland/Tahoe Daily Tribune Stroot

Sgt. Steve Stroot, the senior hostage negotiator for El Dorado County sheriff’s department, now will use his skills to convince fish to grab the hook on his fishing pole.

Stroot, 54, announced his retirement after 28 years in law enforcement, with 25 of those years with El Dorado County.

The 6-foot-4-inch deputy with salt-colored hair has spent his entire career with the sheriff’s department doing street patrol, a remarkable feat in a field that reorganizes, promotes and shifts workers.

“He is really dedicated to frontline law enforcement,” said Lt. Les Lovell.

“I never applied for anything else because I enjoy working patrol,” Stroot said. “On any given day you just never know what you’re going to be confronted with.”

Lt. Randy Peshon, who runs the jail, said he first encountered Stroot in the middle of Highway 50 at Bridal Veil Falls. Stroot was trying to resolve a domestic fight with cars whizzing past him, Peshon said.

“He did save the day, rescue the lady, the whole nine yards,” Peshon said. “I was thinking this deputy is really tough. He’s taking on the traffic and he’s taking on the crazy guy.”

Stroot and his wife, Linda, plan to move to Klamath County, Ore., where they bought a house at a lake filled with trout. Stroot received a bounty of fishing gear for his retirement.

“It’s a slow pace,” Linda said. “It’s not a resort area.”

The couple have put their Tahoe house on the market and hope to move into their new home before snow falls.

The sergeant eased into retirement by working the metal detector at El Dorado County Superior Court. He said he will miss his colleagues.

“We have some very, very skilled and talented people in our department and I’ve been honored and very proud to have been able to work with these fine officers,” Stroot said.

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