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January 21st, 2012

column: 20 Years of Communicating

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK


In December I hit a major milestone: My 20th anniversary as a member of the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

Doesn’t seem possible, does it? I mean, I seem so young and fresh …

I’ve often joked that anyone who works for more than ten years in a dispatch center should automatically be considered certifiably insane. Since then I’ve learned that the average career length for a dispatcher is around seven years – which means my joke isn’t so funny anymore, is it?


But I didn’t start as a communications officer (I didn’t make that term up, honest). I was working a factory job when I got the call to come in and apply for a job as a jail officer, known back then as a jailer or turnkey. I took a $1.22 an hour pay cut in order to put on a uniform and watch drunks throw up – clearly, I really hated working in the factory.Collapse )

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