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Retirement of Sgt. Perry

The McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office would like to congratulate Sgt. Bob Perry on his 37 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of McKenzie County. Bob started his law enforcement career in Minnesota before moving to McKenzie County, where he served the residents of the City of Alexander before coming to work for the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Bob Perry officially retires from the Office on October 13, 2017.

Along with Bob Perry’s retirement, the office has seen the departure of Sgt. Ryan Sinclair, Sgt. Det. Korey Lass, Dep. Joshua Phillips, Dep. Jedidiah Headley, Det. Roger Brown, and Dep. David Christensen.

Sgt. Sinclair accepted a position to be closer to family in Minnesota. Sgt. Det. Lass has accepted a position with the Watford City Police Department. Dep. Josh Phillips has accepted a position from his hometown in Minnesota. All of us at the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office extend our best wishes to them as they begin their new adventures and continue to advance their careers.

Det. Brown and Dep. Headley have accepted positions as security contractors providing security to the citizens of Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria. As many know, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall on the island, affecting 3.4 million U.S. citizens. During this time of disaster and recovery, we are proud of these two individuals who decided to sacrifice to help others in need.

We also want to take a moment to introduce the newest members of the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office: Dep. Bryan Nagel, Dep. Victoria Rootes, Dep. Russ Shahin, Dep. John Vetsch, and Dep. Chris Jacobelli. Dep. Robert Shipp and Dep. Kari Stuart have also joined us, transferring over from the McKenzie County Correctional Facility.

Dep. Rootes, Dep. Stuart and Dep. Jacobelli are currently at the Law Enforcement Academy in Bismarck. Dep. Shahin, Dep. Nagel and Dep. Shipp are currently going through Field Training, and Dep. Vetsch will be starting on October 17, 2017, and will also begin Field Training.

During this time of transition, we are committed to our mission of providing professional and proficient law enforcement services to all the citizens of McKenzie County. Every employee at the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office has worked diligently and at times, tirelessly, to ensure that we provide excellent service to the citizens of McKenzie County. I would like to thank every one of them for their dedication and devotion to duty.

Gary Schwartzenberger

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