Delaware County Employee of the Month
May 2009

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 division.

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 harsh situations.

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 thinking.

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.