Edward B. Hayes III is the fourth generation of his family to pursue a career in law enforcement. He spent twenty-nine years with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department in Kansas and ended his service at the rank of captain. Hayes wasn't content to spend his retirement years idly. He was a member of the Chaffee County, Colorado, Search and Rescue Team and the Chaffee County, Colorado, Jail Committee. He is also a life member of the National Rifle Association, the Oath Keepers, the National Association for Search and Rescue, and a SAL with the American Legion. Hayes is an avid outdoorsman, pilot, open water scuba diver, and enjoys cycling, motorcycles, ATVs, and Jeeps. Hayes contributes to the Johnson's County Gazette newspaper, where he writes a column on law enforcement. He is happily married with three children, two grandchildren, and three little kids in puppy dog suits.