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Faces in the Crowd: Brian Mueller

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Chief Deputy of the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, Brian Mueller, began his career nearly 22 years ago. His passion for law enforcement and the outdoors led him to his current position and has helped him become an active volunteer in the community. 

Brian oversees juvenile and adult corrections and the 24/7 operation - a sobriety program that serves as an alternative sentencing option for the court. He also works with staff and oversees projects. His favorite part of it all is working with people.

His family rooted him in public service, which is now performed on and off the clock. Brian serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Hope Center, and the American Red Cross. Most recently, he has been focusing on youth, as the need for mentors is high.

His love for outdoors is a big part of his life, so he works with South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures, teaching kids activities like fishing and hunting. It's a way to reach out to the youth that may not otherwise get those experiences.

Brian also notes that the Black Hills community has many needs beyond the reach of what local resources can handle, so volunteers are important. He thinks volunteerism results in a healthy community and says it is extremely rewarding to see first-hand the positive impact your time can have on another.

You can learn more about South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures at their booth at the upcoming Black Hills Sports Show & Outdoor Expo, held at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center from Feb. 9-11. 

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