Offerman had some input into the character's creation, and some aspects of Ron's personality were inspired by the actor, like his affinity for woodworking and 16-year-old Lagavulin Single Malt scotch.The traits of the character were also partially inspired by a real-life Libertarian elected official in Burbank, California.which is why he deliberately designed his office to be uninviting to visitors, in part by mounting a double-barreled, sawed-off shotgun on a swivel atop his desk aimed at the guest chair, so it will be pointed at anyone who wants to speak to him, a claymore mine (which he eventually learns is a toy in the season 7 episode "Leslie and Ron"), which front is pointed toward guests, and a Czech hedgehog.
Ron Swanson had been director of Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department for six years at the time Parks and Recreation began.
Schur called Ron "our cast MVP." He was described by some critics as one of the best characters in a situation comedy in decades, and has been called the best comedic character on television since Cosmo Kramer of Seinfeld.
Ron's platonic relationship with Leslie has been compared to that of Mary Richards and Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Director of the Pawnee City Department of Parks and Recreation (former) Owner of Very Good Building and Development Company Owns 51% of the Lagavulin Distillery (future) Superintendent of Pawnee National Park (future) Ronald Ulysses "Ron" Swanson is a fictional character portrayed by Nick Offerman from the situation comedy television series Parks and Recreation on NBC, created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur.
In the series, Ron is the director of the Parks and Recreation department of fictional Pawnee, Indiana, and the immediate superior of series protagonist Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) until Knope's election to the Pawnee City Council at the end of Season 4.