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Sheriff Announces Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy

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January 14, 2019
Sheriff Announces Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy
McKenzie County 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 Wellen.
“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.
Sheriff Johansen

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* PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * January 14, 2019 Sheriff Announces Shannon Wellen as Chief Deputy McKenzie County Sheriff Matthew Johansen announced today the hire of Shannon Wellen as...

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