Pennington County Sheriff’s Office seeing increase in out-of-state applicants

"We're clearly getting more interest from out of state and again from states that we typically didn't see a lot of applicants from," said Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office swore in nine new members to the force on Thursday.

Governor Kristi Noem in recent months making a push to attract more law enforcement officers to the state from around the country.

“We’re clearly getting more interest from out of state and again from states that we typically didn’t see a lot of applicants from,” said Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom.

The hiring process, one that picks the employee for their qualifications, regardless of where they’re from.

“We always look for the most qualified applicant and we have, again, a diverse number of people, some that are from South Dakota and others that come from out of state,” Thom said. “Lately we’ve seen a lot of out-of-state applicants.”

Many applicants coming from the west coast, some wanting a change.

“I grew up in California,” said Timothy Montgomery, a Care Campus Building Tech. “We just moved here a couple of weeks ago. I was ready for a change and through hours and hours of research, I figured South Dakota and more specially the Black Hills was the place where I wanted to be.”

Other applicants, like Ryley Glick from Washington, had family in the area. But Glick, who’s fresh out of the Air Force was also looking for the best transition for work.

“The best thing that translated over was law enforcement, so I was just looking for law enforcement jobs in the area and I saw that they had an opening,” Glick said.

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