Initially retiring after a 24-year career in the United States Air Force, in 1990, as a Security Police Superintendent and Director of Security, Chief Rourk attained a position at St. Lawrence County as an Employment and Training Coordinator and sub-sequentially was appointed as the Director of the Veteran Service Department in 1997. He officially retired from St. Lawrence County, NY on December 31, 2011.
Unable to stand idle while formally retired, Chief Rourk currently holds positions as a member of The National American Legion Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission Executive Committee, the Vice Chairman of the National Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission, member of The American Legion National TBI/PTSD Suicide Prevention Committee, Chairman of the Veterans Services Committee for The American Legion Department of NY, President of the Board of Visitors for the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, Stand up Commander of the new 9th District of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US, Department of New York and holds a number of other positions within the District, County and Post levels of The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
A multi-talented police officer, CMSgt Rourk wrote and inspected security and police policy for the US Air Force, was a member of the Inspector General staff for Security Police, a Superintendent in a multi-national Security Forces Group and Squadron, and the Director of Security for the first combined International Army and Air Force General/Flag Officer training and computerized war-gaming facility.
He holds degrees in Criminal Justice and Industrial Security, a certificate in Police Science from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations ~ National Academy (Class 126 – 1981).
Living in Norwood NY, he is married to Patricia M. (Dean) Rourk, and has a son Dean (Sheri), daughter Kelly (Dan), 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.