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McKenzie County Sheriff's Office

McKenzie County Sheriff's Office

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About Professional law enforcement agency serving the citizens of McKenzie County, North Dakota. Our office is located in Watford City, ND.
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Mission To Serve and Protect
Description The McKenzie County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) provides law enforcement and public safety services to 2, square miles encompassing the cities of Watford City, Alexander, Arnegard, Grassy Butte, Cartwright, Fairview, and Keene. Also within the county is a portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the north unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The county seat is Watford City and the MCSO, jail, and dispatch center is housed in the new state of the art McKenzie County Law Enforcement Center. The MCSO is a modern law enforcement agency utilizing the latest in technology to effectively investigate, deter, and apprehend criminals. Working with other city, state, and federal agencies that operate in the confines of the county, we dedicate ourselves 24/7/ to ensure safety and security during this time of rapid growth and development that is being experienced by the Bakken oil formation.

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McKenzie County Sheriff says his department will not enforce mask mandate

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - In a press release sent Monday, the McKenzie County Sheriff says the Department will not be enforcing any mask or business mandate.

Sheriff Matthew Johansen said, “We feel that to do so (enforce mandates) takes away from your liberty to live freely under the Constitution of the United States.”

Johansen said people should be free to choose for themselves if they want to wear a mask or not.

“…this mandate is not a law that we have passed or desired to see passed. With that established the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Office will not be enforcing any such mandate,” said Johansen.

In the release Johansen says businesses will have to make the decision if they want to the follow the mandate, and if the business asks customers to wear a mask to do so.

“If you are not going to wear a mask respect others distance and respect those that choose to wear a mask,” said Johansen.

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About the Mckenzie County Sheriffs Department

The Mckenzie County Sheriffs Department, located in Watford, North Dakota, is a law enforcement agency that promotes public safety in McKenzie County through public policing and the management of county jails and inmates. The Sheriff's Office is responsible for patrolling any unincorporated areas of the county or areas not covered by the municipal Police force as well as enforcing legal judgments such as foreclosures, repossessions, and tax delinquencies.

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More McKenzie County deputies resign after sheriff reinstated

Eight sheriff&#;s deputies have resigned while one each has retired or been fired since Gov. Doug Burgum reinstated McKenzie County Sheriff Gary Schwartzenberger on Aug. 4. Included in that number are three deputies whose last days were between Dec. Detective Daniel Blood, Detective Michael Mees and Deputy Catlin Sitting Bear.

"It&#;s a free country," Schwartzenberger said. "They can do what they want to do."

All three took law enforcement positions at other agencies, as has most every officer who has left since Schwartzenberger returned. Two have filed grievances with the North Dakota Department of Labor, including former K-9 Deputy Travis Bateman and former Detective Sgt. Korey Lass, who wrote to Burgum&#;s legal counsel in April to express his concerns about Schwartzenberger&#;s leadership.

At the time, the sheriff was suspended during a monthslong removal proceeding based on allegations of bullying and retaliation.

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The Bismarck Tribune obtained Lass&#; letter in an open records request. His four-page narrative describes an office experiencing low morale under a sheriff who threatened his deputies&#; employment and made heavy-handed decisions regardless of others&#; concerns.

"I cannot in good conscience sit by and allow this matter to go on without giving my insight," Lass wrote. "A number of deputies are preparing to have to find another job in the event that Gary comes back as they will either be terminated or conditions will worsen to the point of not being able to stay here."

Four months later, Burgum reinstated the embattled sheriff after a special commissioner&#;s recommendation to do so following a two-day hearing.

In his complaint of retaliation to the state labor department, Lass claims Schwartzenberger learned of his letter to the governor&#;s office and claimed the sheriff then passed him over for a new promotion that went to a newer officer.

"I had no other choice but to resign my position on Sept. 14, ," Lass wrote.

Lass did return a request for comments. Blood, Mees and Sitting Bear also did not return messages requesting interviews.

Schwartzenberger said he was aware of Lass&#; letter from a legal discovery process. He described his management style as that of a leader.

"I lead people in the right direction where they need to be for the best focus of the public safety," he said.

Regarding the resignations, Schwartzenberger said: "I believe them leaving made this a better agency."

He did commend Blood and Mees for progressing as agents with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"I would never stop anyone from progressing in a law enforcement career," Schwartzenberger said.

He fired Bateman six days after his reinstatement, for ruining fresh concrete.

Bateman claims his termination was politically motivated after he signed a petition urging Schwartzenberger&#;s removal. He said his fellow deputies&#; departures don&#;t surprise him.

"It was said and made obvious by many seasoned members that they would leave or seek employment elsewhere if Gary returned," Bateman said.

Kathy Kulesa, state human rights director, said her department awaits responses from McKenzie County regarding Bateman&#;s and Lass&#; filings.

Former Deputy David Christensen said he will likely file a labor complaint as well. He resigned effective immediately on Oct. 10, hours after two other deputies quit in similar fashion.

Christensen said he disagreed with Schwartzenberger&#;s approach and policies, though he conceded the sheriff may run his office as he sees fit. He added that Schwartzenberger brought a "negative atmosphere" into the agency.

Since he left the McKenzie County Sheriff&#;s Office, Christensen said he has been "absolutely fantastic," having transitioned to a patrol officer for another agency.

Meanwhile, with the exits of Blood, Lass and Mees, the McKenzie County Sheriff&#;s Office has lost a raft of experienced detectives. Bateman said they had 17 to 19 years&#; experience altogether.

Schwartzenberger said his office currently has three detectives who share almost 10 years&#; experience.

"We&#;re maintaining," he said.

Amy Robinson, Schwartzenberger&#;s executive assistant, said the office is currently looking to hire a detective and detective sergeant, as well as several deputy positions.

As of Dec. 15, the McKenzie County Sheriff&#;s Office had 28 sworn officers, according to Robinson, with six deputies hired since Schwartzenberger&#;s reinstatement, amid the 10 who have left in that time. Three new hires returned from the law enforcement academy Dec. 15, the sheriff added.

Schwartzenberger said he intends to run for re-election in , despite his controversial civil, criminal and removal cases, all of which are rooted in disputes with the McKenzie County Board of Commissioners.

"The way I look at it is I&#;ve been fighting to preserve the elected office of sheriff and fighting to preserve the power of the vote for the people," said Schwartzenberger, referring to his successful appeal over the employment authority of his office, after county commissioners attempted to discipline a former administrative lieutenant.

Christensen said he hopes McKenzie County voters "make the right choice" in their sheriff election. Bateman agreed.

"The public&#;s faith and trust has been horribly misused and abused," Christensen said.

Schwartzenberger is set for a two-day misdemeanor jury trial in February for misapplication of entrusted property related to nearly $1, in unauthorized expenditures at a Las Vegas sheriffs&#; convention almost three years ago. He has pleaded not guilty.

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April 18,

Traffic violations on the rise

By Lauren Billing
Farmer Staff Writer

With traffic violations on the rise in McKenzie County, the McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department and the Watford City Police Department have been in overdrive.
Ron Rankin, McKenzie County sheriff, reports that in , his department handed out traffic citations. In , that number jumped to 1,
Slade Herfindahl, chief of police, and the Watford City Police Department has seen a similar spike in traffic violations. January through March in , the police department handed out citations. In the same period of , they doled out
Non-criminal traffic violations include speeding, failure to stop at a stop sign or red light, failure to yield, failure to wear a seat belt, violations of weight and load restrictions and parking violations. Criminal violations include reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving while license is suspended or revoked and driving without liability insurance.
In the first three months of , there were almost citations given for driving while license was suspended or revoked, over 60 accounts of reckless driving and close to 30 instances of both driving without liability insurance and driving under the influence.
All of these tickets and citations are not what the Watford City Police Department or McKenzie County Sheriff’s Department want to see. Yet both departments are pushing for a strong, noticeable presence on the local roads and highways.
“It’s not just a ticket,” explains Herfindahl. “It’s also being visible and making people think about what they’re doing behind the wheel.”
The increase in traffic, and unfortunately, in both criminal and non-criminal traffic violations has changed the average day of the Watford City Police Department.
“Fifty percent of our day is dedicated to traffic,” says Herfindahl. “I wish we could dedicate two officers per shift to traffic.”
For every ticket that a law enforcement officer hands out, it takes another half-hour of paperwork to report the incident and comply with state requirements.
“Sometimes it’s like people think we’re getting some kind of commission off tickets,” says Herfindahl. “We’re just doing our jobs.”
Even with the huge jump in the number of violations, Herfindahl says his department is still not as strict as it could be.
“Parking Ordinance , for example, covers parking violations for semi-trucks, trailers and other commercial vehicles. It states that in addition to the standard $ fine, another $ may be given for every hour the vehicle remains in violation,” explains Herfindahl. “We try to find the owner or driver of the vehicle to notify them of the violation and let one ticket suffice. We try to use it as a means to educate drivers.”
County and city law enforcement is also seeing a failure to comply with North Dakota’s non-resident temporary motor vehicle registration requirement. This registration is required for individuals who are gainfully employed or engage in any trade or occupation within the state and lives within the state for the purposes of employment or remains in the state for 90 consecutive days.
All of these violations are taking up more and more law enforcement time, but they also bring revenue into Watford City and McKenzie County.
When traffic violations are cited within the city limits, the city and county in which they were given receives a portion of the accompanying fees. Twenty percent goes to each the city and the county, with the remaining 60 percent going to the state, according to Lanae Roos, McKenzie County clerk of court. But out in the county is a different story.
“Fees for violations cited outside the city limits are sent in their entirety to the state,” explains Roos. “The county doesn’t receive any of that money.”
In , Watford City received $4, for all types of violations, both criminal and non-criminal. In , that number more than quadrupled to $19,, accounting for just over one percent of the city’s total general fund budget. And so far in , more than $9, has been received, according to Laura Anderson, Watford City auditor.
Matching funds have also been received by the county, but what are the funds being used for?
Anderson reports that the money given to Watford City by the county was funneled into the general fund.
“It supports the police and fire departments, pays a portion of the city planner’s and city auditor’s salary and attorney fees, helps with building upkeep and funds various appropriations,” says Anderson.
McKenzie County also moves its allotted funds into a general fund which is used at the McKenzie County Commissioners’ discretion.
“Money from the general fund could be used for anything allowed by law,” says Linda Svihovec, McKenzie County auditor. “It could go toward road and bridge projects or any other number of special projects.”
Despite the headache of increasing traffic and parking problems, funding is also increasing to help combat those nuisances, though more of both is not necessarily what Watford City, McKenzie County or its residents want to see.

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