Archive for Thursday, November 10, 2005

No desk work for him

November 10, 2005

Jim Driscoll says he doesn't like to stay behind a desk.

The owner of Lansing BP, 200 Main St., has certainly succeeded in avoiding that kind of work in his two main careers. His first, as an investigator for Kansas Alcohol and Beverage Control, took him all over the state.

Working out of several different towns, including Clay Center, Topeka, Olathe and Overland Park, Driscoll investigated after-hours sales, sales to minors and the illegal refilling of liquor bottles.

Driscoll even had to carry a gun, one of the reasons for which he attended the police academy in Salina. Driscoll said he never had occasion to use a gun on the job, outside annual recertification tests. The state also sent him to the University of Oklahoma in Norman to train as an investigator.

When he began the job, drinking establishments in Kansas still had to be operated as private clubs. Driscoll said once in a while he had been offered bribes.

He says he bought the gasoline station in part because he had fond memories of his time as a mechanic for the Henshaw brothers' Standard Station in Leavenworth, which, like his, is now a BP station, at 300 N. Fourth St.

In addition to offering the only full-service pumps in town, Driscoll offers oil changes, tire repair and tire changing at the station.

His present job doesn't have much in common with his old one, but Driscoll says the best thing about his former and his present job as a gas station operator is meeting the public.

Name: Jim Driscoll

Graduate of: The police academy in Salina

Address: 705 Holiday Drive.

Family: Wife, Lin

How long have you lived in Lansing and what brought you here? Since 1986. I'd finally retired from working for the state and I saw a "for lease" here.

What do you like most about Lansing? It's a small town, yet it's close to the big city.

What do you do for fun? I ride my Harley-Davidson and go to the Lake of the Ozarks.

What would surprise people about you? Maybe that I used to work for the state, and that I ride a motorcycle.

What's the best advice you ever received? "Be honest," from my grandfather.

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