Sheriff Mike H. Leidholt
Hughes County, South Dakota
Sheriff Mike Leidholt began his law enforcement career as a member of the Hughes/ Stanley County Police Reserve in 1975. He then served as the Squad Leader of the Reserve Unit from 1978 to 1980. He was then hired as a Police Officer for the City of Fort Pierre in October of 1980 and promoted to the Assistant Chief of Police in 1983.
In August of 1988, Sheriff Leidholt was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for Hughes County Sheriff Arlo Mortimer. In 1994, Sheriff Leidholt ran for the Office of Sheriff and won, taking office January 3, 1995.
He served on the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association from 1995 through 2002, and was President of the Association in 2001. He also serves on the legislative committee of the South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association.
Sheriff Leidholt was first elected to the NSA Board of Directors in 2003. In 2008, he was elected as Treasurer of the NSA and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Sheriffs’ Association. He held the office of First Vice President, before becoming President of the Association.
He was appointed by the past four South Dakota governors to serve on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Groups having served on State advisory groups for juvenile justice for 19 years and is currently the Vice Chair of the Council of Juvenile Services.
Sheriff Leidholt was appointed by the South Dakota Attorney General to be a member of the South Dakota Law Enforcement Standards and Training Commission.
Sheriff Leidholt married his wife Betty in 1975. They have two children, daughter Michelle Fonck who lives and teaches High School in Lincoln, Nebraska, and son Phillip who is a Deputy Sheriff with the Minnehaha County, SD Sheriff’s Office.
He is also a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Pierre, South Dakota and is a past president and current member of the Pierre Kiwanis