Outstanding Customer Service Awards

Third Quarter 2016 Award Recipient

Join us in congratulating Shane Ryke from the Sheriff’s Office, who has been recognized as Ottawa County’s Outstanding Customer Service Award recipient for the third quarter of 2016.

The individuals who nominated Shane wrote:

"Yesterday was my daughter's 4th birthday we went to catch air to celebrate. On the way home to Muskegon we had a tire blowout. We were on the side of the highway for about 2 hours while my dad came to help and go get a new tire for us. While waiting Deputy Shane Ryke stopped to help and stayed to make sure we were safe because it was the driver side tire. While talking he learned it was my daughter's birthday he had a stuffed animal in his cruiser and gave it to her. I just wanted to share because it helped turn a bad situation into a pleasant one. Thank you Deputy Ryke!"

"After learning my son was the boy who waves to him from across the street at home, and that he wants to become an officer someday, Shane took time to find junior deputy badges and brought them over to my son all on his own time. To my 5 year old, this was huge. With a lot of negative things in the world, this is reassuring to my son that cops are not bad people. He's still set on becoming an officer someday "just like the one across the road."

Number of Years Employed by Ottawa County:


The thing I like most about working for Ottawa County is:

The diversity of the people and areas within the county.

The hardest thing I have ever done:

Deploy to Afghanistan in the Marines.

You would be surprised to learn that:

I originally wanted to be a teacher growing up, then changed my mind into law enforcement.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you pick and why?

Jesus, to thank him.

If you had to spend all of your vacations for the rest of your life in the same place, where would you go and why?

Northern Michigan.

If you could travel back in time to any certain era or event, when/where would you pick and why?

Michigan during the colonial era for the scenery, hunting, and fishing.