Sheriff's Office: (605) 882-6280 | Detention Center: (605) 882-6284


Our Sheriff

Brad Howell, Codington County Sheriff is a lifelong resident of South Dakota, born and raised in Milbank.  Following his graduation from the Alexandria Tech School, he began his career in law enforcement.    Brad was hired by the Milbank Police department in 2002 as a police officer.  In 2008, he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff for Codington County.  In 2010 he was promoted to the position of Sergeant, he served in that capacity for 5 years.  In 2015, Brad was promoted to Chief Deputy, and assisted with the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office.  He took office as the Codington County Sheriff on January 1st, 2017.

Brad serves on many local Boards and organizations, currently serving on the Waverly-South Shore School Board, and Watertown Rotary and a Watertown Lions member.  He also participates on the LATI Advisory Board, the Northeast Tech HS Board, and many more.  A favorite assignment is serving as a DARE instructor, to impact the youth of our community. He has instituted many new programs to the Sheriff’s Office to benefit the public, while striving to maintain fiscal responsibility and minimize taxpayer liability.

“I am honored to serve the Citizens of Codington County as your Sheriff, and I am deeply committed to keeping our communities, families and property safe by providing the best, most professional law enforcement services possible at all times.”  Brad also enjoys spending time with his family, wife Cheri and two daughters, Robin, and Braden.

The Codington County Sheriff’s Office was established in 1878. The Office is responsible for law enforcement protection to all 700 square miles that make up Codington County, including the communities of Watertown, Kranzburg, Waverly, South Shore, Florence, Wallace, and Henry. The Codington County Regional Detention Center is under the Office of Sheriff and provides inmate care for Codington County as well as the contract counties of Clark, Hamlin, Deuel, Grant, and Kingsbury Counties.

Welcome to the Codington County Sheriff’s Office website. Within this site we hope you will find valuable information from the Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

The Codington County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service office providing Civil Process, Detention, Warrant Service and Law Enforcement services for the 700 square miles that make up Codington County, as well as the municipalities of Florence, Wallace, South Shore, Henry, Kranzburg and the village of Waverly.

The Sheriff’s Office operates on the core values of Courage, Service and Integrity while promoting community partnerships and striving for cooperation to meet common goals in public safety. Codington County is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. Your Sheriff’s Office operates every day with the goal of maintaining this high quality of living for our citizens.