Hired as a Corrections Officer in November,
1989, Dwayne soon displayed a capacity for helping others and was
reassigned to a Dispatcher position. In January, 2006, Dwayne was
promoted to the position Corrections Sergeant assigned to the
complex and demanding Civil process-related law enforcement
In addition to supervising the members of
the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division, Sgt. Finkle participates in
many civil law enforcement responsibilities throughout the County.
Recently he was appointed as the Liaison for Delaware County in the
Project Lifesaver Program, which is a rapid response program aimed
at locating victims of Alzheimer’s Disease and similar disorders.
When asked what Dwayne likes most about his
job, Dwayne states, “Helping people though difficult and diverse
situations.” He also likes the challenges that expand his creative
thinking and improve his quick response reflexes.
Dwayne’s personnel file reflects many
instances in which he has been recognized for going the extra
distance to help people. Of note, as a Dispatcher, he engaged a
suicidal caller into conversation until help arrived. During our
recent flood, he put his own life on hold to help others. His
evaluations reflect that he has always excelled in community
relations and how his patient and mature demeanor can often dissolve
Dwayne, known by his colleagues as “the big
guy”, is a constant source of pride to the Sheriff’s Department. On
and off the job he handles himself in a professional and exemplary
manner. He is perceptive, courageous, good natured and clear
Dwayne has been married for seventeen years
to his beloved wife, Jen who is a teacher. They share their home
with their pets and their life with their close-knit and gregarious
family. His hobbies include carpentry, masonry, hunting and
fishing. He recently built his dream second home. Dwayne is a
superb marksman and reinforces his reputation at range.
According to the Sheriff, “Twenty years ago
when Dwayne Finkle filled out his application for employment and was
asked to concisely state his reasons for wanting to do police work,
he responded ‘Desire to help people. Interesting.’ I love to see
an individual plan the career path his or her life will follow and
then doggedly follow its course to success.”
Thank you, Dwayne, for a job well done.