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Former commander brings experience to campus

It's not always black and white when deciding on a major. That was the case for Gary Orluck, director of office of security and safety. In 1982, Orluck enrolled at Minot State University to pursue elementary education and special education, but he quickly discovered he had other interests.

"I became very intrigued with law enforcement," said Orluck. "It seemed like a noble profession and was very interesting to me. I switched majors and focused on preparing for a career in law enforcement, and it was an easy decision."

The Makoti native graduated from MSU with a degree in criminal justice in 1985 and landed a job with the North Dakota Highway Patrol after graduation. He worked as a trooper from 1986 to 1998.

"It was very difficult to get hired at that time. Over 300 people applied for eight open positions in the entire state," Orluck said. "I felt fortunate to be hired and was very excited to get started. It was a difficult post."

After graduating from the Highway Patrol Academy, Orluck was assigned to live and work in New Salem, 35 miles west of Bismarck.

"It was a very busy time," Orluck stated. "I responded to all incidents between Mandan and Richardton. There was a lot of activity."

In 1989, Orluck had the opportunity to relocate to Bismarck, and nine years later he was promoted to sergeant. His career in law enforcement continued to soar. In 2002, Orluck was promoted to the rank of captain and moved to Grand Forks as the NDHP Northeast Regional Commander. In 2006 he had an opportunity to move back to Minot. His children, Tom Orluck, '10 and Angela (Orluck) Bishop, '12, were interested in attending Minot State University, and his wife, Jolene (Schimke) Orluck, '82 has family in the Bismarck area, so the decision was made to move to Minot.

While glad to be home again, his return to the Magic City could not have come at a busier time.

"The timing worked out great to continue my career here, but it was busy. It was right when the oil boom hit," Orluck said. "The northwest region includes Williston and Watford City, the epicenter of the boom, and it was all in my area of responsibility."

The same month Orluck became eligible to retire in 2014, the director of office of security and safety position at MSU opened.

"I wanted to start new, and this opportunity was totally different, and I was looking forward to that change," Orluck said. "My family encouraged me to apply, and everything seemed to line up. After the interview I knew it was a good fit, and I felt that I could improve security at MSU. I knew what was going on with the community and the northwest, and I could bring that insight into the workings of the MSU Security Department."

In just two years, Orluck turned MSU security into a uniformed agency, established standard operating procedures, and purchased a new software program for writing reports.

"This was a logical extension to my career," Orluck said. "It is gratifying because it is a different type of work. Hopefully I can help to create a safer working and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff."