Above and beyond the call of duty
Sheriff Scott Rose is proud of the accomplishments his office makes in providing public safety to the residents of Dodge County.
In continuing with an effort to recognize those achievements, Rose held the second annual awards banquet Friday night at the American Legion in Kasson.
“This office couldn’t be running any smoother than it is without the efforts of every department within the sheriff’s office,” Rose said. “There is a ton of teamwork going on. It’s top notch here,” he added.
Rose acknowledged each department with the office, including patrol, investigations, dispatch, records, court security, posse, administration and awards committee, for their efforts over the past year.
One of the highlights last year was the accomplishments of court security. Rose said chief deputy Leonhardt and Sgt. Richard Allee developed a top-notch court security program that has quickly been recognized as a model program in the judicial district, which covers 11 counties throughout southeastern Minnesota. Dodge County has the first full-time courthouse weapons screening program.
Besides a pair of lifesaving awards presented to deputies (see related front page story), Rose gave out 18 letters of recognition and 10 certificates of appointment during the banquet.
Among of the letters of recognition were 911 dispatchers James Lee and Tanya Wunderlich. They worked last March during a police pursuit involving a stolen cement truck in Dodge Center. “The skills in communication and actions made this severe incident, where multiple police and private vehicles were damaged, an incident where no injuries were recorded for either law enforcement or civilians,” Rose noted in presenting the recognition.
Other letters of recognition were awarded to Ashley Bjornson, Melissa Bublitz and Debra Morgan, administrative assistants in the records division; Erin Wanek, 911 Dispatcher; Mike Karlen, patrol sergeant; Mark Dyshaw, patrol deputy; Matt Maas, emergency management director; Sgt. Rich Allee, court security; Dave Skadson, school resource officer; Capt. Ryer Anderson; Sheriff Rose and Gideon Prudoehl, Jesse Durland, Jose Franco, Paul Johnson and Karl Malisheske, volunteer posse members.
One of the recognitions to deputy Dyshaw came from a citizen recommendation who wrote, “Thank you for taking the call from my dad about the tomato incident. It’s been a rough summer and people like you make it a little easier. Thank you so much for bringing tomatoes and onions from your garden over to my dad’s. They were delicious. My dad takes pride in growing tomatoes every summer and when his tomato plants got destroyed I could tell he was disappointed, but you brightened his day by bringing some over. He was very surprised.”
The citizen went on to say, “I’m so thankful and appreciative for individuals like you who take time out of your busy day to care about others, and go above and beyond your job duties. You are a positive role model, and I hope others look up to you.”
Rose also gave out certificates of appointment to 10 employees who either joined the sheriff’s office or were promoted in 2016. They included: Wendy Kenworthy- dispatcher- Jan 19; Robert Hovland- patrol sergeant- February; Stephen Willert- part time deputy April 26; Zachary Plein- transport deputy June 30; Shelly Grossman- records- Aug. 15; Anna Peterson- part time deputy- Aug. 26; Libby Klapperich- dispatch- Sept. 19; Tyler Vermeersch- deputy Sept. 26; Ken Schuck- transport officer- October 11 and Brianna Hofschulte- dispatcher- Sept. 27.
The sheriff’s office honored several VIP guests during the banquet. They included: Kathy Claassen, Murial Weber, Deb Guenther, Mark Lamphere, Roger Berge and the Lubahn family.
Besides the teamwork amongst all members, Sheriff Rose is impressed with one other key aspect. “We’re pretty fortunate here. It’s a family atmosphere,” he said. “They really take ownership of this county and the services we provide,” he added.
He jokingly said at the banquet, “We know most of us certainly didn’t come to work for Dodge County because of the money, but we stay because we are family.”
There are 50 full and part time employees in the sheriff’s office