January 14, 2019
Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy
Sheriff Matthew Johansen announced today the hire of Shannon Wellen as his Chief
Deputy. In this position, Shannon will serve as the second in command and is
the first women to do so. She will assist the Sheriff with overall operations
and management of the office and will assume duties on February 4, 2019.
“We are excited that
Shannon will assist us in making the McKenzie County Sheriff’s office the best
we can be,” said Johansen. “Shannon comes with experience, a fresh perspective
and will be a bridge to the important partnership with the police department,
but most importantly I know she can get the job done.”
Wellen comes to the
Sheriff’s office, from the Watford City Police Department, where she was the
Patrol Lieutenant. She has more than 11 years of law enforcement experience
serving three different agencies and was awarded the Law Enforcement Officer of
the Year Award in 2018.
“I’m honored to accept
this new responsibility and will continue to serve the people of McKenzie
County. I appreciate Chief Doble’s trust and mentorship which has prepared me
in my new position to assist with the Sheriff with his vision of making the
McKenzie County a safe community to live, work and raise a family,” said
“I wish Shannon well
and great success and I look forward to working with her and the Sheriff to
continue to keep McKenzie County safe,” said Chief Doble.