Moody County Sheriff Troy Wellman was recently elected treasurer of the National Sheriffs Association, a group that represents 3,088 agencies across the county.
Wellman will serve in that position on the seven-member executive board until next summer when he moves up to secretary. If he still is sheriff in Moody County in six years, he will be the group’s president.
Wellman, 45, said he ran for the spot because he likes to bring midwestern ideas and values to the association, he looks for places where he can help an organization and he learns new ideas that are useful to his local deputies.
“It gives opportunities for me to see maybe first-hand something that’s working somewhere else,” he said. Some issues are universal to sheriff offices, such as finding deputies, filling other positions and offering better pay to retain workers.
Most of the sheriff offices that belong to the organization are similar to the one here with a small number of employees, with fewer than 100 deputies, he said.
This isn’t the first time that Wellman has gotten involved in sheriff associations. He was president of the South Dakota Sheriff’s Association in 2017 and has served on the national association’s board of directors for several years, where he sits on four committees, including one in which he is the chairperson.
Moody County voters first elected Wellman in 2006, and he is serving his fourth term.