Former Highway Patrol Sgt. Ryan Mechaley steps into sheriff race
Mechaley is a West River native who started in law enforcement after high school.
His last assignment with Highway Patrol was overseeing communications and drug recognition programs. After leaving, he became a business owner.
Mechaley says the key issues he will focus on are sustainable communities, safe streets and strong neighborhoods.
“One of my big objectives is to get out in front of crime in a proactive manner, whether it’s Hill City, New Underwood, Wall, Rapid City, Johnson Siding, wherever our communities are at in Pennington County,” said Republican candidate for Pennington County Sheriff Ryan Mechaley. “And help aid our citizens from becoming a victim instead of working with them after they’re a victim. Preventative, proactive police work is priority.”
He plans on drawing from his experience in both business and law enforcement to serve Pennington County residents.
“What I’m looking most forward to is the opportunity to make a significant impact, bring a fresh set of new eyes,” said Mechaley. “There has not been a contested sheriff’s election in Pennington county in 39 years and it’s time to make some changes to benefit the taxpayers.”
The primary election is scheduled for June 7.