“I cant get no….satisfaction…” The Rolling Stones

I can honestly say that there is definitely an extreme contrast between having a job that you are very excited about versus a job that you are not experiencing satisfaction. I’m assuming that   most people after high school are either undecided what direction they are headed professionally or have an proposed direction but how they are going to get there is a coin toss. I was definitely one of the one who really had no idea what professional path I wanted to take. After high school I bounced around from menial job to job until, by chance,  that I found myself on a career path of satisfaction.

My job of satisfaction was definitely my career that I spent in law enforcement. they thing that was so unique about this professional that it brought me satisfaction on varying levels of satisfaction. These factors consisted of the obvious: helping others, improving your community, being put in a position of trust, experiencing something different everyday. During my career I was promoted to the Detective Division and it was during this position that I experienced the ability to work in a very autonomous role. The ability to govern my own work schedule and work with little direct supervision was very satisfying to me. It wasn’t until I transferred into the K9 Unit and became the unit supervisor and trainer that I enjoyed the job satisfaction on a level that I have never experienced before. This position not only involved autonomy, but tapped in to a personal level of experience and comfort that made going to work an enjoyable experience everyday

Since recently retiring from law enforcement I have struggled professionally to find that same level of job satisfaction. After concluding my law enforcement career, I went to in the private sector for a large corporation in corporate security. While I enjoyed a certain degree of autonomy in this position, I experienced a shift in priority from my employer. The difference was a change in focus from helping others to helping the bottom line. I also experienced a significant difference in management style and can only assume this was due to a change in “company” priorities. I have since left the private sector and return to the government sector but am still where autonomy is still very minimal. I think that the biggest factor in my current level of job satisfaction is two fold. I miss doing something that I am passionate about and I   also miss making a difference.

Chris Turcic – Introduction


Hello fellow classmates,

My name is Chris and I currently live in Chugiak Alaska. Chugiak is a small semi-rural community about 30 miles north of Anchorage. A military transfer brought my family to Alaska when I was in the 6th grade. After graduating for Chugiak High School I moved to to the warm, white sandy beaches of the Florida panhandle. I worked in law enforcement for 23 years until being injured in the line of duty in 2012. In 2013 I decided that it was time to stop chasing “bad guys” and I left my chosen career behind for new and exciting adventures. My law enforcement career was quite the adventure and I do miss it at times. You wouldn’t believe some of the stories about what goes down in society. I should write book!!   In the Spring of 2013 a job opportunity   gave me the chance to move back to my hometown in Alaska after being gone for 25 years. Very strange and exciting at the same time, especially when you run in to old classmates at the store. Its fascinating how people change…but anyway.

Now I’m sure you’re wondering. “Why in the heck did you leave sunny Florida and move back to the frozen wilderness of Alaska”? On those cold and bitter Alaska winter days I sometimes find myself asking the same question. I usually try to remind myself of the Florida snakes, bugs, and year round tourists when I need an answer to that question.

I’m currently a senior at UAF pursuing a Bachelors in Emergency Management with a CyberSecurity Management minor. I will finally be graduating at the end of this semester!! YAY!! It’s been a long road but I am very proud of my personal achievements during my academic journey. I am seriously considering pursuing a Masters degree but I need to stay focused on this last semester. Then we’ll see what the future brings. I wish you all the best of luck this semester and feel free to contact me any time if you need any help with your work or would just like to shoot the breeze.


Take care and good luck,