PRESCOTT – The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Boys Ranch has a new director.

Daniel McCrory is a native of Monroe County. At the age of 14, he and his parents moved to Fairhope in south Alabama.

Today, McCrory is 38 and he and his wife, Lauren, have been married 10 years. They have four children of their own, two boys and two girls. Maris is almost 9, Davis is 6, Mac is 5, and Norah is 1.

All four children are accustomed to the lifestyle of living at ranches.

The McCrory’s were house parents two years at the Boys Ranch in Baldwin County and two years at the Girls Ranch in Camp Hill, just outside of Auburn.

McCrory said the two boys were born while they were house parents at the Boys Ranch and Norah was born while they were house parents at the Girls Ranch.

“They know what it is like,” he said. “They have many brothers and sisters.”

Former director Anita Thompson retired recently after serving at the Boys Ranch as the director and as a house parent for many years.

McCrory said it’s a great honor for him to be in this position.

“I want to help lead the boys and the house parents in their daily endeavors and daily goals of making this a safe place for the boys,” he said.

McCrory said the house parent experience was invaluable.

“That’s really the heart of our ministry and the heart of our work, and that’s inside the house,” he said. “Knowing what goes on inside there and knowing how difficult it is and how important it is to operate and manage the house is very important. That four-year experience really made it possible for me to be where I am today.”

McCrory said he has met St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles.

“He is incredibly supportive,” he said. “He is definitely a great guy to have on our side.”

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