Sheriff Barry Hillestad began his law enforcement career in 1997 when he was hired as Police Officer, and later Chief, in Waubay, SD where he served for just over 4 years. He then went to work as a Deputy Sheriff in Day County, becoming Chief Deputy, and then being elected Sheriff and taking office in January 2007. A staff of 2 full-time Deputies and an administrative secretary supports Barry’s efforts to make Day County a safe and secure place for all its residents. The Day County Detention Center is staffed by 8 additional employees. The Day County Sheriff’s Office is also supported by a part-time O.E.M. Director, who works closely with the Office.
Barry is an avid hunter and member of Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. He is also a charter member of Lake Area F.O.P. Lodge #13 which encompasses Day, Marshall, and Roberts Counties. Sheriff Hillestad is also a founding leader of the South Dakota Law Enforcement Memorial Assistance Response Team. Their mission is to assist any Agency and Family in South Dakota when a Law Enforcement death occurs.
“Serving the citizens of Day County continues to be a measure of great pride for me. But it is not by my efforts alone… each member of my staff plays a key and crucial role to the overall safety and security of our residents. When you meet one of them on the street, or in a local business, thank them for all that they do, everyday, for those who live, work, and visit in Day County.”