McGawley comes on board at sheriff’s office
Patrick McGawley from Sioux Falls is now employed as a deputy in the Hand County Sheriff’s department. He began work December 17.
He joins Sheriff Doug DeBoer, deputy Kent Heronimus and Nehemia Volquardsen, who is a constable in addition to his emergency management duties.
McGawley was born in Rapid City. His dad was in the Air Force, and the family lived for a while in a small town near Knoxville, Tenn. For the last 15 years, McGawley has lived in Sioux Falls.
“Law enforcement has always been my dream, as far back as I can remember,” McGawley says.
For the past two and a half years, McGawley was a corrections officer at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. He says that position was a step leading to the type of job he now has with Hand County.
Although he’s new to the area, he’s happy with his surroundings. “I love being in Miller. Everyone has been extremely friendly,” he commented.
And, he says, he wants to “stick around in the job for quite a while.”
McGawley also sees the hunting and fishing available as important incentives when he accepted the position.
He will be taking 13 weeks of law enforcement training in Pierre. All full-time and part-time law enforcement officers and telecommunicators are required to be certified within their first year of employment, including elected officials.
He will also become acquainted with Hand County…as he says, “all 1,410 square miles of it.”
It’s a new job, in new territory, but McGawley’s looking forward to the challenge.