Reserve Deputy Michael Smith
Michael Smith began his career as a Part Time Jailer at the Clay County Jail while attending the University of South Dakota in 2010. This experience along with his education at USD made him an excellent candidate for promotion to Deputy Sheriff in 2012. In 2018, Deputy Smith transitioned from Full Time to Reserve Deputy status while attending the USD Law School. Michael is originally from Belgrade, Montana but now lives in Vermillion with his family.
Reserve Deputy Matt Olson
Reserve Deputy Matt Olson is a life long resident of Clay County and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1989. He attended Southeast Vo-Tech in Sioux Falls, SD in the heating and cooling field. He farms in rural Clay County and sells real estate part time. He began work at the Clay County Sheriff's Office in 1997 as a Reserve Deputy. In his time away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children doing many outdoor activities including camping, hunting, boating, and snowmobiling.
Reserve Deputy Shawn Fick
Reserve Deputy Shawn Fick began his law enforcement career in 1997. He started with the Vermilion Police Department where he served as a patrol officer, detective, and patrol sergeant before moving to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. He attended the University of South Dakota where he earned both his Bachelors and Master's Degrees. He enjoys reffing soccer games with his son for exercise and helping the next generation learn the game. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and sons relaxing by campfires and reading.
Reserve Deputy Dean Tomkins-Searcy
Reserve Deputy Dean Tomkins-Searcy is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Criminology. In 2008, he began in law enforcement as a Police Officer at the University of South Dakota. In 2018, he left the University Police Department to follow his interest in Information Technology, still employed at USD and serving as a Clay County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy. In his free time away from work he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and boating. Originally from eastern Iowa, Dean and his family currently reside in rural Clay County.