Major Ross Reuter was born and raised in El Reno, Oklahoma and is a lifelong resident of Canadian County. He grew up on a farm approximately 10 miles west of El Reno. He attended rural Maple School and graduated from El Reno High School in 1987. During his years in high school, Ross served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the El Reno FFA and was awarded the State FFA Degree. After high school, Ross graduated from El Reno Junior College (currently Redlands Community College) with an Associates Degree in 1989.
He began his law enforcement career in June, 1991 at the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office as a part-time jailer. In October, 1991 he was hired full-time in the jail. In January, 1993 he became a Reserve Deputy Sheriff and shortly thereafter was assigned a newly-formed position as a Reserve Investigator. Ross still worked in the jail at this time and was promoted to Jail Sergeant in October, 1993. In March, 1995 he was transferred to the Civil Division as a full-time Deputy Sheriff transporting inmates to/from different facilities, escorting inmates to/from court and serving civil papers.
Ross graduated from CLEET basic police academy C96B6 in 1996 and obtained his CLEET certification. On graduation day in May, 1996 he started in the Patrol Division as a Deputy Sheriff. He was promoted as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division in November, 1998.
In January, 2009 Ross was promoted as the Patrol Division Supervisor with a rank of Lieutenant. In March, 2009 he was promoted to Captain.
In April, 2009 his duties changed and he was promoted to Chief Deputy with a rank of Major. Ross was the first deputy in the Sheriff’s Office history to hold the rank of Major. The Chief Deputy position at that time performed duties related to the Operational and Logistical oversight of all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office and assisted in day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Office. In the absence of the Sheriff and Undersheriff, the Chief Deputy assumed responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office.
In 2017, Sheriff Chris West appointed Ross as Chief Deputy of Administrative Support. Sheriff West saw the need for the role of Chief Deputy to be divided. Currently the roles of Administrative Support and Operations have been combined and there is another Major that shares the responsibility with Major Reuter of both roles in the Sheriff’s Office. Ross currently oversees the Patrol, Communications, Training, and Reserve Divisions. Ross currently possesses an advanced CLEET peace officer certification.
Ross resides in El Reno and is a lifelong member of Richland Church of the Nazarene in Yukon. He is a church board member and has previously served as youth leader.