Sheriff deputy resigns amid alleged misconduct

Chief Deputy Ron Krivoruchka resigned from his position at the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department effective Feb. 9 amidst interoffice questioning of his conduct.

Former Dunn County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Ron Krivoruchka resigned from his post effective Feb. 9. He stated no reason for his departure in his letter of resignation.
Former Dunn County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Ron Krivoruchka resigned from his post effective Feb. 9. He stated no reason for his departure in his letter of resignation.

By BRYCE MARTIN

Herald Editor

Posted Feb. 22, 2013

MANNING — Chief Deputy Ron Krivoruchka resigned from his position at the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department effective Feb. 9 amidst interoffice questioning of his conduct.

Denise Giffin, human resources director for Dunn County, said Krivoruchka stated no reason for his resignation.

“As we were asking questions – what was going on within the department – I wasn’t shocked,” Dunn County Sheriff Don Rockvoy said about Krivoruchka’s resignation. “I didn’t ask for it [resignation], but he decided to do that on his own.”

Resigning from a position isn’t new for Krivoruchka, who resigned in 2010 from the position of police chief in Harvey, a town of more than 1,000 people in north central North Dakota.

Harvey City Attorney Ted Seibel characterized Krivoruchka’s problems at that job as a “lack of respect for the authority above him and anger issues.”

Krivoruchka, who ran an unsuccessful bid for Wells County Sheriff in 2010, was said to have left a trail of problems in the wake of his departure from Harvey.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, a sub-division of the Attorney General’s office, completed an investigation in September 2010 that indicated there were enough discrepancies in at least two grants administered by Krivoruchka to cause concern.

According to testimony given to the Harvey City Council by Seibel, the city of Harvey could be held liable for the repayment of those grants if errors were found.

Seibel explained at a Harvey City Council meeting that the problems stemmed from inappropriate reporting of work hours that were funded by the grants in question. Seibel asked the council to authorize the making of a claim to the State Bonding Fund.

Krivoruchka started work for Dunn County on May 29, 2012.

While there was no official investigation into Krivoruchka’s behavior in Dunn County, there were some questions being asked related to an alleged misconduct issue.

A previous deputy who left to take other employment, Deputy Shawn Murphy, filled Krivoruchka’s position and Dunn County no longer maintains the chief deputy position.

“It just works out better with a couple sergeants,” Rockvoy said. “The department is back up and running well. Relations are quite a bit better.”

Contact Bryce Martin at bmartin@countrymedia.net.


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