Stark County Sheriff’s Ron VanDoorne Disciplined For Disorderly Conduct

I just now read a June 6, 2018 Dickinson Press Newspaper article titled “School resource officer disciplined for disorderly conduct”.  This article starts off with “The school resource officer for the Stark County Sheriff’s Department, Ron VanDoorne, was involved in a disorderly conduct incident May 27 at his residence, where Dickinson Police responded to a frantic phone call that said VanDoorne was in the house with a gun.”

After reading this entire Dickinson Press Newspaper article, in essence what this article described, was that Ron VanDoorne had lost his temper after an incident happened in the kitchen of his home, where he was cooking dinner for his wife, adult kids, and grandchildren.  One of the young grandchildren got underfoot when Ron was cooking, which caused a big pot of boiling water to be spilled on himself, and a grandchild.

Not much detail is given in this article about what was said and done right when this happened in the kitchen, but someone made a “frantic” phone call to the Police, saying that Ron “had a gun”.  Ron walked to a nearby park to cool off.  When he returned home a short time later, the Dickinson Police were there.

Sheriff Terry Oestreich said, “Ron was walking back and there was four or five officers present and Ron was not in a good mood, he was very upset,”……”Yeah, he said some inappropriate things to the officers. He was handcuffed and he has apologized to me.”

Captain David Wilkie of the Dickinson police said VanDoorne had been “uncooperative” on that night, but confirmed there were no charges filed.

This incident is funny to me, and I will explain why.  In 2014, there was an advertisement for an opening with the City of Dickinson Police Department.  This job advertisement was hidden, it was not posted on the websites North Dakota Job Services, Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Indeed.com, or the Dickinson Press Newspaper classifieds.  I believe that this job opening was posted on the most obscure website possible, so that the only people who would know about it, were people who were personally told about it.

I applied for this opening with the City of Dickinson Police Department, and the application paperwork was very lengthy and time consuming.  After I had already turned in my completed application package, one day before the deadline, I received an e-mail stating that I needed to submit my high school transcripts, before the end of the following day, or my application would not be considered.

I believed that the City of Dickinson had not only hidden this job opening advertisement, but they waited until the last minute, the day before the deadline, to send me an e-mail requiring that I get my high school transcripts from Florida, where I had graduated more than twenty-five years ago.  Without receiving the required payment, a county archivist in Florida went to a warehouse, went through boxes of records to get my high school transcripts, scanned them, and faxed them to the UPS store in Dickinson, so that I would have them before the deadline.

I passed my three written tests for the Frontline National Law Enforcement Exam.  Then I was scheduled to have an interview before a panel with the City of Dickinson human resources person, and three City of Dickinson Police Officers.  I was doing O.K. at the interview, until Ron VanDoorne sunk me.

Ron VanDoorne asked me, “How do you feel about doing customer service?”  I said something like, “I can do customer service, I don’t mind doing customer service, but I understand that being a Police Officer, I would have to do a variety of things, customer service, patrol, responding to calls, writing reports, but that I wouldn’t be doing just one thing all day long, that is what I was looking forward to.”

Ron VanDoorne followed up by asking me if I did not want to do customer service, and I pictured in my mind sitting at a desk all day taking in customer complaints, and I replied that I wanted a job where I did a variety of things, that I didn’t want to do just one thing all day long.  I believed that this line of questioning by Ron VanDoorne, was what caused me to not be hired, because I did not want to do “customer service”.  Really, what a Police Officer is required to do, is be professional, courteous, and civil with everyone, it’s not exactly the same thing as customer service.

The truth is, no I don’t want to do customer service all day long, or I would have applied for a customer service job at a call center.  I should have seen that Ron VanDoorne was just looking to disqualify me anyway, that I should have seen this question for what it was.  It goes without saying, that a Police Officer is supposed to be professional, courteous, and civil at all times.

The hidden job advertisement, the last minute request for high school transcripts from twenty-five years ago, and being disqualified because I answered truthfully that I did not want to do “customer service” all day long, made me a little disgusted and angry with the City of Dickinson, and the City of Dickinson Police Department.

So yes, I think that it is funny that Ron VanDoorne had the Police called on him by his own family, that he got put in handcuffs, that he received disciplinary action, and that this was reported in the newspaper.  Maybe in addition to his required alcohol evaluation, he get some “customer service” counseling, because you can’t go losing your temper with the public and the Police like that.

To summarize for the readers who never agree with what I write, I think that it is funny that Ron VanDoorne got in trouble for blowing up at his family and the Police were called on him, after he disqualified me for potentially not being able to maintain a civil demeanor with people.

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