Sheriff Fred Lamphere grew up in western South Dakota and has always loved the area. He briefly moved away for six years after high school but returned with hopes of becoming a law enforcement officer. After over 24 years in law enforcement he is glad he followed that dream. Sheriff Lamphere began his law enforcement career in 1989 as a patrolman for the Belle Fourche Police Department, was promoted to Sergeant in 1993. In January 1996 he was hired as the Police Chief in Newell. He ran for Sheriff of Butte County in 2002 and was elected to his current position.
Sheriff Lamphere graduated from the SD Law Enforcement Academy in 1990 and is a 2004 graduate of the National Sheriffs Institute. He is a past-member of the SD Police Chiefs Association, a current member of the South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association and where he serves as an executive board member. Sheriff Lamphere is also a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association. He was appointed by Governor Rounds to the SD Public Safety Communications Council serving until 2010. Sheriff Lamphere is also a member of the FBI law enforcement executive development association, the Western SD Buckaroos, and a member of the Newell Volunteer Fire Department.
Sheriff Lamphere is married to his beautiful wife Kathy. They have five children between the two of them and have nine grandchildren. In addition to his responsibilities as Sheriff they also operate a hunting guide service in Western South Dakota where he can enjoy his time hunting and guiding with hunters.