I was employed by the government at the county level for nearly 10 years. During my time there I did two primary jobs. I worked as a Corrections Officer for the first five years and then as a Communications Officer for the last five years. In that time I have amassed quite the collection of stories. These stories are all personal experiences that I was involved with in some manor.
While I was employed there I would try to tell some of these stories to friends of mine who didn’t work there; they just didn’t understand. The friends I made through that employer understood and could completely relate to my stories. Mostly because they knew all the intricacies of the inner workings. They knew that there were certain things that took place, sometimes on a daily basis, that the general public had NO idea took place. In doing the job, one just kind of learns to accept some things that happen that are not “normal” to most people, but those things quickly become the norm for the public servant doing the job. This may not make much sense to you right now, but trust me, as these stories unfold, things will start to become more and more clear as to why it takes a special type of person to do these jobs.
Once I left the jail and began working in dispatch, I thought about sharing some of these stories publicly; perhaps even as a book. The idea never made it past that though – an idea. What unfolded over the next five years as a dispatcher only added to my collection of stories. Some of these stories are good stories and will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, some are sad and might even make you shed a tear or two, and some will make you wonder how certain people function at all in society.
Some of these stories might ruffle some feathers. I’m ok with that. None of these stories will be made up or even embellished. I’ll keep them factual to preserve the integrity of the story, but I will change or omit names from time to time. I want you, the general public, to know what happens on the “inside.” That said, this isn’t some exposé, there aren’t any scandals that I’m going to try to uncover. These stories are just things that I witnessed when I was doing day-to-day activities that the government paid me to do.
I posted something on my Facebook page to see if anyone would be interested in these stories at all and the response was overwhelming. Several friends “liked” the post while others commented on it and still others sent me messages letting me know that they think it’s a great idea. I’ll respect their requests not to be revealed publicly since many of them still work as public servants. I just wanted to thank everyone for their feedback!
Sit back and get ready to enjoy, what I hope will be, some entertaining stories!