Settling in to the job
WORTHINGTON — Newly appointed Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick made the transition from captain of the Worthington Police Department last month and has now been in his new role with the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office for more than a month. Dybevick said he’s ready for the new challenges.
“I was given the opportunity to work in the sheriff’s office, and I thought it was a good career move,” Dybevick said.
Dybevick has worked for the police department for 27 years, as a supervisor 24 of those years and captain for the last nine years.
Sheriff Kent Wilkening said that he started full time with sheriff’s office two weeks before Dybevick started with the police department, and through the years trust was built.
“We actually started working around the same time, and not many people know this, but Chris and his wife are godparents to my daughter. So when you make that kind of decision, there was trust there then, and there’s trust now,” Wilkening said.
“I was in need of a new chief deputy, and also knew that Chris was looking at making a change. He’s qualified, and it was just a good fit,” Wilkening added.
While Dybevick is still new to the chief deputy position, he said there are only a couple differences between his role as captain and his new position.
“A lot of stuff is the same, and it’s stuff I already know how to do. (However) there’s a lot of state reporting requirements, but the biggest difference is civil process,” Dybevick said.
Wilkening explained that the sheriff’s office serves all court-ordered civil papers.
“There’s certain statutory things we have to do in the sheriff’s office, so there are a few things like state statutes and civil services that are a little different,” Wilkening said.
Wilkening also noted he has looked at training opportunities for the civil service process part of the job.
“In my office, my biggest liability is the civil service if it’s not done correctly, and since Chris will ultimately be overseeing that, I’ll be sending him to classes for that in February,” Wilkening said.
The jurisdiction that he covers is also a change for Dybevick.
“I went from covering a place of 10,000 people to a place of over 20,000, and learning all the new places to go has been a little bit of a challenge,” Dybevick said.
Despite the challenges the new position entails, Dybevick said everyone has been welcoming.
“So far I’ve met with almost his (Wilkening’s) entire staff, and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback about me being in this position, and everyone has been really nice and welcoming,” Dybevick said.
The Nobles County Commissioners approved the request for Dybevick to fill the position recently vacated by Chris Heinrich’s retirement on July 8.