Pat West runs for Meade County sheriff

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STURGIS, S.D. -

Sturgis residents met with Meade County sheriff hopeful Pat West as he kicked off his campaign.

West held a social on Wednesday to tell locals why he's running and what he's planning.

West grew up in Philip and has spent most of his life in South Dakota. He graduated from Black Hills State University, the South Dakota Law Enforcement Academy and the FBI National Academy.

"Law enforcement is what I know and what I love," West said. "I want to continue that service in law enforcement. I've waited patiently for several years for my turn to serve the Meade County residents, and I can't wait any longer." 

West is a long-time public servant. Twenty-five years of his law enforcement career came from serving the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and the Deadwood Police Department. He retired in 2017 after working as a Supervisory Special Agent with the South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigations for 16 years.

West also served in the South Dakota Army National Guard for 8 years.

West is a state-recognized outlaw motorcycle gang specialist. He says that experience can help combat gang activity during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

"I'm the type of leader ... that leads from the front," West said. "It's important that the sheriff and the sheriff's deputies be seen. By being seen, that increases the professional relations with other departments."

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