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Minnehaha County Sheriff
Michael Milstead

320 W. 4th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-2435
Phone: 605-367-4300
FAX: 605-367-7319
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Michael Milstead

Mike Milstead was born into the law enforcement family as the son of Highway Patrolman Jim Milstead, Mike joined the Sioux Falls Police Explorer program in 1969 while in the 9th grade. He started his full time career with the Sioux Falls Police Department in 1973 and worked for that agency for over 24 years before being sworn in as Sheriff of Minnehaha County in May of 1997. The Sheriff’s Office employs over 240 staff and is responsible for the operation of a new 400 bed direct supervision jail, 200 bed work release facility.  The Sheriff’s Office also provides full service Patrol, Investigations, Warrant and Civil divisions. The Sheriff’s Office also contracts as the local law enforcement agency in the cities of Dell Rapids, Hartford, Humboldt, Crooks, Colton, Baltic, and Valley Springs, and provides School Resource Officers in area school districts.  The Sheriff’s Office also has contract security duties at the S.D. Air National Guard Base and on the campus of Southeast Technical Institute.  Sheriff Milstead is on the Executive Board of the Midwest HIDTA and is active with the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He serves on two Federal Advisory Committees, one reporting to the U.S. Attorney General and the second reporting to the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.  He is the Vice-Chair of the National Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Committee and also serves on the National Sheriff’s Homeland Security and Global Affairs committees.  Sheriff Milstead is also an active volunteer in the local community.