The National Sheriffs' Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the law enforcement field. NSA is a key player in shaping national policy on critical criminal justice and homeland security issues important to the nation's sheriffs, deputies and police in the halls of Congress, US Courts and at the White House.

NSA is lead by an Executive Committee and Board of Directors comprised of members of NSA who are currently holding the elected position of Office of Sheriff. The Executive Committee has supervision, control, and direction of the affairs of the Association and shall be Trustees of the Corporation.  The Board of Directors annually reviews the Association's progress and outlines the law enforcement policies that guide the Association's activities. The Board of Directors also includes all the Association's Past Presidents

NSA President 2020-2021

Sheriff David Mahoney

Dane County (WI) Sheriff's Office

David Mahoney is currently serving his fourth term as Dane County Sheriff.  He was first elected in November 2006 to become the 52nd  Dane County Sheriff.

David has been a professional law enforcement officer for 41 years.  Forty years of his law enforcement career have been with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and David has extensive experience in labor management having served twelve years as a local, state, and national labor executive officer.

David is recognized as a progressive law enforcement executive who has spent the past 14 years moving the sheriff’s office from a rules based organization to a values based organization which emphasizes participatory management by his staff.

David is very active locally, nationally and internationally in emerging issues surrounding law enforcement.  David has represented the National Sheriffs' Association on numerous committee’s to include:

  • White House Committee on Labor/Management relations
  • White House Committee to implement 21st Century Policing Taskforce recommendations
  • White House committee to study Police Body Camera’s
  • Law Enforcement Executive Exchange programs with Israel in 2011, 2013 and 2014
  • National Sheriffs' Association Committee’s on Global Affairs, Domestic Violence and Training/Leadership.

David is married to his high school sweetheart Kathleen who works for WEAC Trust and they have two adult sons, Patrick and Sean.