Sheriff Thom won’t seek re-election; candidates announce their bids for his role

PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — There will be a new sheriff in Pennington County this fall. Kevin Thom will not seek re-election in 2022 and there’s already competition for his replacement.

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Pennington County Chief Deputy Brian Mueller addresses the crowd during his announcement event for Pennington County Sheriff (January 10, 2022)

Current Chief Deputy Brian Mueller announced his candidacy for sheriff Monday. His supporters gathered at the Rushmore Hotel in Rapid City, including local business owners, members of law enforcement, and county officials.

Mueller, who has spent 26 years with the PCSO – the last 11 as chief deputy – says community safety is his number one priority.

“I love Pennington County. I love living here. I love working here. I love serving the people of Pennington County, and community safety is my number one priority,” Mueller says. “I’ve been working hard to keep this community safe for my entire career – all 26 years; I’m going to continue to do that as your next sheriff.”

Sheriff Thom also offering his endorsement to Mueller, and saying his last year in office will be spent like any other – working for the community.

“Just because there’s an election going on it doesn’t change what’s going on day-to-day in our community…we have staff to lead, we have facilities to run, we have budgets to prepare for the next year…it’s [a] nonstop, ever-going process,” Thom says. “We’ll just continue on like we have been the last 11 years.”

The primary election takes place on June 7.

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