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Randy Mohawk – Academic Program Leader/POST Board Coordinator/Full-Time Faculty – Mohawk is currently a licensed Peace Officer. He has served four years in the U.S. Marines and 27 years in Law Enforcement before retiring in 2005. He has a Master degree in Public Safety Executive Leadership through St. Cloud State University, a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice through the Metropolitan State University and a AS degree in Law Enforcement through Alexandria Technical College. He currently is a Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor as well as a Certified Firearms Instructor/Range Master. He has been with RCTC since 1996.
Mark Erickson - SKILLS Program Coordinator/Adjunct & SKILLS Instructor - Erickson is a licensed Peace Officer. Erickson retired as a Captain in 2013 from the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office where he worked for over 29 years. He has a Bachelor Degree in Law Enforcement through Mankato State University. His experience within the Sheriff’s Office includes working in the Patrol Division for 15 years as Deputy and a Patrol Sergeant. He has also worked in the Investigations, Training, Civil/Warrants and Courtroom Security as a Sergeant and a Captain and was the Commander of the South East Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force. His experience includes being a RCTC SKILS instructor since 1999 and an adjunct instructor since. His past work experience for the college includes Use of Force Instruction in Chemical Agent, PPCT Management Systems, Basic and Advanced Firearms training,High Risk Stops as well as Crime Scene Investigation.
Ken Wickelgren – LAWE CLA, Assistant to the SKILLS Coordinator, EVO Director – Wickelgren is a licensed Peace Officer. He attended University of Minnesota Mankato and pursued a B.S. Degree in Law Enforcement, from 1983 to 1987. He held the rank of Deputy Sheriff and Detective. He spent sixteen years as a Detective, doing criminal investigation. He attended Skills at Alexandria Technical and Community College. He was a Police Officer for the Lake Crystal Police Department and the Eagle Lake Police Department. He worked for the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office, from 1987 to 2009. He took a leave of absence, from 2007 to 2009, to mentor Iraqi Police, during the Iraqi conflict. He has been involved with the RCTC Skills program since 1996.
Scott Sherden - Adjunct & SKILLS Instructor - Sherden is a licensed Peace Officer and is a Captain with the Rochester Police department. Has been with the agency since 1981. Sherden has been a member of the Emergency Response Unit since August of 1983 and is currently in charge of the unit. Certified in Crash Reconstruction and Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC). Started instructing at RCTC in 2000. Sherden has been an adjunct instructor at RCTC since 2004 teaching Report Writing and Police Ethics. Instructor for RCTC Skills program in Crash Investigation and for EVOC since 2006.
W. David Adams – Adjunct & SKILLS Instructor – Adams is the Administrative Captain of the Adult Detention Center with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office. Capt. Adams is responsible for the command management of all facility operations consisting of 202 detainees and 86 staff, as well as a 90-bed dormitory style work release facility. Adams experience in corrections extends over 16 years and includes serving in numerous positions within the office, as a consultant for both the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association and National Institute of Corrections and as an adjunct professor at Rochester Community and Technical College. At RCTC, Capt. Adams teaches Introduction to Corrections, Ethics and co-instructs various tracks of the Law Enforcement SKILLS program.
Thomas Claymon – SKILLS Instructor – Clayman is a licensed Peace Officer and began his law enforcement career serving as a Community Service Officer for the City of Brooklyn Park, MN and Reserve Officer for the City of Plymouth, MN. He continued to work in these capacities while attending North Hennepin Community College where he later obtained his Associates Degree in Law Enforcement in 1993. Tom then completed his law enforcement training by attending a SKILLS program hosted by Hibbing Community College. Shortly after completing his training and becoming license eligible, he was hired by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff has served as a Patrol Deputy, SWAT team member, DARE Officer and spent four years assigned to the Minnesota Gang Strike Force as an Investigator and Regional Commander. In 2006, Mr. Clayman was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned as a shift supervisor in the Patrol Division. He is currently assigned as the supervisor of the Civil & Warrants Division. Since 1995, Mr. Clayman has also been employed as an Adjunct Instructor at Rochester Community and Technical College in the SKILLS program. Mr. Clayman graduated from the 230th Session of the FBI National Academy in September of 2007. Mr. Clayman graduated May 2010 with his B.S. from Metropolitan State University and has earned his Master’s Degree from St. Cloud State University in December 2011.
Josh Thompson – SKILLS Instructor - Thompson is a licensed Peace Officer and is a Sergeant with the Rochester Police department. Thompson has been an adjunct instructor with the RCTC Skills program since 2005. He currently teaches the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and Active Shooter classes for skills. He has been an officer with the Rochester Police Department since 2000 and is currently a firearms instructor, and a sniper on the Emergency Response Unit. Thompson has also worked for the Fillmore County Sheriff's Office, Chatfield Police Department, and Winona County Sheriff's Office prior to coming to Rochester. He received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University in 2008 and attended Alexandria Technical College for my skills training in 2007. Thompson was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from Mayo High School in 1993.
William Sornberger – ADJUNCT & SKILLS Instructor –Sornberger graduated from RCTC in 1980 and upon graduation he was employed by the Lake Crystal Police Department. While working in Lake Crystal, Sornberger attended Mankato State University. He was hired by the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office in 1984. While employed with Olmsted County, he worked as a Patrol Deputy, COPS Deputy, DARE Officer, Firearms Instructor and Detective. While a Detective, he investigated Welfare Fraud, Sex Crimes and Property Crimes as well as being assigned as the Coordinator for the Southeast Minnesota Drug Task Force. Sornberger has had training in Crime Scene processing, photography, and interview techniques as well as being trained by the MN BCA and NRA in firearms instruction. Sornberger has taught in the RCTC SKILLS portion of the Law Enforcement program, including Crime Scene Photography and Firearms for the last eight years. Sornberger retired from Olmsted County in 2011, although he still works part-time and remain a firearms instructor for them.
Don Bray – SKILLS Instructor - Bray is a licensed Peace Officer and currently works for the Rochester Police Department. Bray has been an Adjunct Instructor for RCTC SKILLS for the past 17 years. He currently teaches for the Standardized Field Sobriety Test and Low Risk Traffic Stops training. He earned his Associate of Arts degree in Law Enforcement and Associate of Science degree in Pre Education from Rochester Community College. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Winona State University, and did his Skills portion of P.O.S.T. from Hibbing Community and Technical College. He started his Law Enforcement career in 1982 with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Patrol; he worked for the Chatfield Police Department from 1984 to 1987. In 1987 he started with the Rochester Police Department and is currently working as a Patrolman.
Bert Otto – SKILLS Instructor – Otto is alicensed Peace Officer and is currently works for the Rochester Police Department. Otto received an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College and a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement from Metro State University. Otto has worked for the Rochester Police Department since 1998 where he has experience as a patrol officer and narcotics investigator. Otto is an RPD training officer and a firearms and use of force instructor. Otto became an EVOC instructor for RCTC in 2004 and also teaches firearms courses for the RCTC law enforcement program and motorcycle safety courses for the State of Minnesota.
Sergeant Vince Scheckel – SKILLS Instructor – Scheckel is a licensed peace officer employed with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office since 1990. He started his Career as an Olmsted County Detention Deputy. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree, in Criminal Justice, from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. In 1993, he attended the Minnesota Law Enforcement Skills Program, in Edina, Minnesota. He was then hired as an Olmsted County Patrol Deputy. Deputy Scheckel worked as a Patrol Deputy, Youth Services Officers and taught the DARE Program. He also investigated juvenile crimes and was assigned as a Narcotics Officer. After four and a half years in the Patrol Division, he was promoted to Sergeant. Sergeant Scheckel has been a Sergeant for the past seven years. He was a Patrol Sergeant for five years and for the past two years, he has been in charge of the Civil/Warrants/Court Security/Transport Division. Sergeant Scheckel was a member of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) for 11 years. He taught DARE for grade school and junior high school for 6 years.
Lynne Lowney – SKILLS Instructor - Lowney is a licensed Peace Officer and works works for the Rochester Police Department. Lowney started with RPD in August 2007 after her completion in Skills at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, MN. Prior to Law Enforcement, Lowney served five years with the US Army in Intelligence working as an Arabic Translator serving one year of combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. Lowney obtained her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a major in Cultural Studies and a minor in Anthropology. She begins her Master’s Program in Public Leadership in Sep 2013 at St. Thomas University, MN. Lowney is assigned as a patrol officer and serves on the department’s Honor Guard Unit, Forensic Mapping Unit, and Emergency Response Unit as a Tactical Intelligence Specialist. Lowney is a Critical Incident Trained officer, a Drug Recognition Expert, a Phlebotomist, and a Peer Support Counselor. Lowney is an instructor of the following: Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Drug Recognition Expert, and Emergency Vehicle Operations. Lowney began working with the Law Enforcement Program at Rochester Community and Technical College in April 2011.
Lyle Schumann – SKILLS Instructor - Schumann has a AA Degree Criminal Justice from Rochester Community College. Schumann served as a Police Officer for 34 years, retiring in June 2011 (20 years as a street officer, 4 years Sergeant, 10 years Chief of Police) with last 30½ years with Lake City Police Department. During Schumann’s Law Enforcement career, he has served as a Juvenile Officer, Field Training Officer, Firearms and Use of Force Instructor, Emergency Response Team member (Entry Team, Sniper, and Team Leader). Schumann’s Pursuit Driving/EVOC Instructor Training includes: EVOC Instructor Course (EMS and Fire Apparatus) – 1994 at Riverland Technical College (Currently RCTC). Advanced Precision Driving Instructor Course (Law Enforcement) – 1996 at Michigan State Police Academy in E. Lansing, Michigan. EVOC Instructor Course (Law Enforcement) – 2002 at Wisconsin State Patrol Academy in Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin. Schumann has been a Law Enforcement EVOC Instructor for Rochester Technical/Community College from 1997, as well as a EMS and Fire EVOC Instructor for Rochester Technical/Community College 1995 – 2000.
Tim M. O’Brien – SKILLS Instructor – O’Brienis a licensed Peace Officer and currently works for the Winona County Sheriff Department. O'Brien graduated from Mesabi Community College and took skills at Hibbing Vo-Tech. O’Brien worked for approximatly one year as a dispatcher with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department and then was hired in 1984 with the Winona County Sheriff’s Department. O’Brien has worked as both a corrections officer and patrol deputy. O’Brien was the Safe and Sober Coordinator for the WCSO for 19 years. O’Brien has taught Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Drugs That Impair Driving for the past 6 years at RCTC and taught Occupational Protection Usage Enforcement for the past 3 years at RCTC.
Richard Dickinson – SKILLS Instructor – Dickinson’s education includes 1972 Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement Administration, College of Business and Public Administration, University of Arizona. Military Police School U.S. Army, Pima County Sheriff’s Academy, U.S. Customs Inspector’s School, Criminal Investigator’s School and Special Agent Basic at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco Ga. Reid School of Interview and Interrogation and the I.R.S. White Collar Crime Investigator School. Professional experience: 1966-1988 Military Policeman and Provost Marshall’s Investigator, U.S. Army. 1972-1974 Deputy Sheriff, Pima County, Arizona. 1974-1977 Inspector U.S. Customs, Calexico, California. 1977-1993 Special Agent, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Madison WI. 1993-2002 Resident Agent in Charge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, St. Paul MN. Currently employed as EVOC Instructor, Dakota County Technical College and as an Adjunct Instructor, Rochester Community and Technical College.
Last Updated: October 7, 2014