Churchill County Sheriff’s Office veterans Cpl. Don Doud, Sgt. Leonard Bogdanowicz and Capt. Jon Haugen are riding into retirement with nearly 70 years of experience in law enforcement between them.
The retiring were recognized together last week during a brief plaque presentation at the county commissioners meeting. Their shoes won’t be easy to fill, according to Sheriff Ben Trotter.
“I think the three of them have definitely served Churchill County well,” Trotter said. “You’re talking close to 70 years of experience just with our agency. That’s a lot of corporate knowledge walking out the door.”
Doud, who joined CCSO in April of 1995, is a retired warrant officer from the U.S. Navy. He was a reserve deputy before joining the CCSO full-time.
“Don has been a stabilizing asset to our Investigations Division for the past four years” Trotter said. “His consistency and reliability are an example to all of us.”
Bogdanowicz, a Fallon product who graduated from Churchill County High School, joined the Sheriff’s Office in January of 1988 and has been a supervisor in patrol and detention the past 20 years. Previously, he worked for the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office.
“He is a dedicated family man with strong moral standards and has been active in many (community) programs throughout our community,” Trotter said of Bogdanowicz, who retires with 28 years of public safety service.
After joining CCSO in July 1987, Haugen worked his way through the ranks. He had been a captain over the Support Bureau since September of 2006.
“He has been an invaluable asset to me during my tenure at the Sheriff’s Office,” Trotter said of Haugen. “He has been instrumental with the technology we have now, and just a great confidant since I’ve been at the Sheriff’s Office. The two captains, Jon and Mark Joseph, have definitely been sources of wisdom for me.”
Haugen, who grew up on a farm in North Dakota, has nothing but positive memories about his law enforcement career.
“I really love the experience I’ve had at the Churchill County Sheriff’s Office,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot and I really hope I’ve been able to contribute.”
Bogdanowicz, a Churchill County High School graduate who played football for the Greenwave, echoed those feelings.
“It’s been great serving the people of the State of Nevada and Churchill County,” he said. “I’ve worked with some great people; it’s just been an awesome experience.”
Don’t expect to see them spend their retirement years idly. Haugen, for one, noted after the recognition ceremony, that he will find something to do.
“I’m not one to just sit around home,” he said, flashing a wide grin. “I’ve got to keep busy.”