Former sheriff Frank Conner dies at 86

Longtime public servant Frank Conner passed away this morning.

The Patriot was notified by his grandson, Chris that the former sheriff died about 1 a.m.

Conner was best known for his time as Sheriff in Pulaski County – an office he held from 1978 until 1991.

But he served in several different areas during his lifetime.

Former Pulaski County Sheriff Frank Conner (center) with another former sheriff, Jim Davis (right) and current Sheriff Mike Worrell. (Photo courtesy of Chris Conner)

After retiring from the sheriff’s office, Conner became the very first Cougar Assistant at Pulaski County High School and was elected from the Massie District to the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors on which he served for 16 years.

As a young man, he began his public service as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Later he became an officer for the Department of Corrections, and then became a Deputy with the sheriff’s office prior to becoming sheriff.

He was also a member of the Pulaski County Public Service Authority’s Board of Directors, and also served as a member of the New River Valley Regional Jail Authority Board of Directors for 19 years.

In May of 2017, Conner was recognized by the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors for his years of service to the citizens of Pulaski County and the New River Valley on the Jail Authority Board.

In a Resolution of Appreciation approved by the board of supervisors, Conner was recognized for his “commitment, dedication, and loyalty” which had resulted in “significant progress in Pulaski County over the past several decades.”

“Service provided by Frank R. Conner benefited not only present and past citizens of Pulaski County, but will enhance the quality of life of its future citizens,” the resolution stated.

“As sad as I am, I’m also so very proud,” said his grandson, Chris earlier today.

“My grandpa spent his entire adult life being a public servant. He took so much pride in helping others and genuinely took an interest in their lives. He also became a true family man helping to raise 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

“Though I’m grieving, I’m also rejoicing because I know he is reunited with all his family and friends that he truly missed. I also know that he will continue to watch us all grow. Please everyone keep my beautiful grandmother in your thoughts and prayers.”

Conner was 86 years old.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

By MIKE WILLIAMS, The Patriot