Sheriff Cryan was elected sworn in as sheriff on January 1,2015. Prior to being elected sheriff, he served as administrative undersheriff for eleven years to long time Sheriff Ralph Froehlich. His responsibilities included the canine unit, budgeting, hiring, internal affairs, training, accreditation, process and the business office.
In public life, the sheriff served in the General Assembly representing the twentieth district for twelve years, leaving at the end of 2014. He served as majority leader for the Assembly for two years. He chaired or served on over a dozen different committees in the legislature. He was vice chairman and chairman of the Democratic State Committee.
He has been honored and recognized by many organizations throughout his career. The sheriff was also the first general chairman of the Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade committee and is the standard bearer of the Cryan Association, an Irish-American civic charitable civic organization.
The sheriff resides in the Township of Union with his wife Kathy and daughter Katie Peterson. He also has a son, John, and daughters Megan Bell and Hannah Peterson.