Mr. Mickelson has had a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. In 1971, he joined the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office where he served three years. He then joined the South Dakota Highway Patrol. Mr. Mickelson rose through the ranks serving as the assistant to the Highway Patrol Superintendent until his retirement in June of 2001. Mr. Mickelson served as a special projects manager and government lobbyist. He also administered the planning and research section.
In June 2001, then Governor Bill Janklow appointed Mr. Mickelson to develop and command a computer crimes unit that investigated crimes against children. Commander Mickelson and his ICAC unit received national recognition in 2003 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Bill Gates of Microsoft for operating one of the top computer crimes units in the United States.
In 2004, South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long appointed Mr. Mickelson as an Assistant Attorney General and Special Agent for the Division of Criminal Investigation. In that capacity, Mr. Mickelson developed and managed several government projects. Most notably, Mr. Mickelson helped develop, expand, and manage the award-winning South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Program. The 24/7 Program received the Innovations in Government Award from the National Council of State Governments in 2008. In 2009, the Institute for Behavior and Health recognized Mr. Mickelson’s efforts and awarded him the prestigious John P. McGovern Award. Mr. Mickelson retired from government service in July of 2008 and has been promoting the 24/7 Program ever since.
Mr. Mickelson currently serves as the President and CEO of Mickelson Consulting Group and provides consulting services for Intoximeter’s, Inc. He assists jurisdictions around the country and abroad develop their own 24/7 pilots and programs.