Allen Thompson, Sheridan County sheriff and this year’s Sheridan College Distinguished Alumni, has dedicated his life to serving his country and his community with professionalism and excellence.
That’s according to Dr. Walt Tribley, president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, who introduced Thompson during Saturday’s commencement exercises.
Dr. Tribley said Thompson was involved in the campus community while serving in the Wyoming National Guard, earning recognition as the National Soldier of the Year in 1994.
Thompson was hired by the Sheridan Police Department in 1998 and graduated with honors from the Wyoming State Law Enforcement Academy, earning the Academic Excellence Award. While with the Sheridan Police Department, he was a patrol officer for two years then was promoted to sergeant.
He joined the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office as a road deputy in 2006 and worked his way up the ranks to lieutenant. He was named undersheriff in 2016. When Sheridan County Sheriff Dave Hoffmeier retired two years later, the county commission appointed Thompson acting sheriff to fill out the unexpired term.
Thompson then ran successfully for the sheriff’s office in 2018.
Thompson has assisted Sheridan College’s criminal justice program as a guest lecturer and serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board. As sheriff, he has hired Sheridan College students in part-time detention positions while they’re working on their degree requirements.
Dr. Tribley said Sheridan College is proud to honor Sheriff Thompson as this year’s Distinguished Alumni.