INTERVIEW: Sheriff Mark Kessler

Jul 18, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KSFY-TV Sioux Falls

In an interview with KSFY's Drew Sandholm, Hanson County Sheriff Mark Kessler talks about how he got started in law enforcement, what makes the job worthwhile, and his most memorable case.

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1 - 14 of 14 Comments Last updated Oct 27, 2013
JoanJett

Little Rock, AR

#1 Oct 3, 2009
KSFY should check their sources better before an interview. Does Mark see his kids now everyday? How does he feel about adultery?
South Dakota

Mitchell, SD

#2 Nov 29, 2011
JoanJett wrote:
KSFY should check their sources better before an interview. Does Mark see his kids now everyday? How does he feel about adultery?


It really breaks my heart to see the way some people has treated Mark.If you really new this Man you would know he is probably one of the best people you could ever know.His personal life is his!Like many of our public workers he has been shown little respect for all of that time he put towards protecting us.He is and will always be a very good law inforcment man.I always felt safe when we had him in our community.I pray that god will come into your heart and and make it soft enough to never bring judgement against some one again until you have opened your closet and cleaned out your own skelitons.To bring this mans children into this was very wrong and of very poor taste.He loves his children and is a very good Father.I look at this post dated in 2009 and wounder how your life is going now.Some times when we judge others in a wrong way it comes back on us.Mark is a strong man and is working on becoming a christian man.None of you that tried to hurt him can hurt him any more.I know jesus will protect him now.I know some where in your heart there is a good person I pray that you look deep in side of your self And find that.It would also be nice if you could let this man know how sorry you are for bringing any harm this comment you made may have brought him.My prayers are with you.
South Dakota

Mitchell, SD

#3 Nov 29, 2011
It makes me very sad to see how some people has treated Mark. If you knew this man you would know he is one of the best people you could ever meet.Like many of our public workers he is shown little respect for all of the time he has put in to protecting us.He is and will always be a very good law inforcment man.I hope that God will make your heart soft and make you think before you bring judgment up on some one again.To bring this mans children into this was very wrong and of poor taste.He loves his children and is a very good Father.I hope you can open your closet and clean out your own skelitons before casting stones.Mark is working on being a christian man and none of the people that tried to hurt him can ever hurt him again.I know jesus will protect him now.I know that some where in your heart you are a good person .I hope that you can find it in you to tell this man you are sorry for any pain you may have cost him due to this comment.I always felt safe with Mark in our community.His personal life is his!We Will always respect and honor him here.I will say many prayers that your heart will change for the better.
Remmy C

Pierre, SD

#4 Jan 2, 2012
Oh please Miss Letcher SD, you must be the one sleeping with him if you are this protective. I am sickened by those who use GOD for their cover up.
South Dakota

Mitchell, SD

#5 Jan 2, 2012
This is more then likley because you are over come by evil that god seems to feel like a cover up to you. And just to make it clear there is no comment posted here about any one from letcher South Dakota. Please be careful that you know who you are pointing fingers at before you do so. And yes some of us are protective of the ones we care about.It is really sad you mistake careing for someone means sleeping with them. It kind of shows me how many false statements came about concerning this wounderful man.Sorry to make you sicker but i will pray to our dear God that your heart will be healed from the evil and false thoughts you have .And while you are intitled to your opinion keep in mind others of us are also and there is alot of us that think the world of this wounderful person and with out sleeping with him.And while i am making you sick with my christian comments let me go further by saying we christians stand by one another and i am sorry if this bothers any one that may have evil or false thoughts .We will always rise above evil.Now if this makes you sick then feel free to be sick all you want because you will never change the fact that this was a wounderful person that other people stuck there nose in his business a little to much with out knowing who he truly was.And we do not hide behind God we stand for him.you will for sure be in my prayers tonight.Standing for the ones we care for in Mitchell south Dakota Hanson County. NOT LETCHER!
Remmy

Pierre, SD

#6 Feb 24, 2012
What a piece of work "Mark" must. From what my friends and neighbors in Mitchell tell me Mark should be in JAIL for pharmacey shopping. A married man with a girlfriend ...... such a disgrace? How is this druggie still work in law enforcement? Plus it is disgusting to "wrap" God around such weirdness. "Parkston," are you a whore?
Remmy

Pierre, SD

#7 Feb 24, 2012
By the way....."GOD is spelled with a capital "G"
Remmy

United States

#8 Feb 24, 2012
:)
Mitchell South Dakota

Mitchell, SD

#9 Feb 25, 2012
Yea and a peice of work Mark must. Is not a complete sentence either.Be careful of how you judge others it may come back to hunt you sooner then you think.And rather i am a whore or not is none of your business.And a nother incorrect judgment.I am not from Parkston.Wow! to wrong judments in a role sure makes me wounder how correct the information you think you have on Mark really is.Look i do not know if you were hurt in some way or what?If you were i am truly sorry.But i can tell you our police department here is a good one and the judgment they have in keeping a police officer on is a compatent one.It is clear you have some kind of issue with Mark and i am truly sorry for that.Alot of us know Mark for who he really is and he is a man that is worth helping in any way.Rather Mark was a married man and slept with a nother woman is none of your business or mine.I always find it amazing how people can find all of the bad in others and never see the good.I guess thats just the human race.We are all guilty of sin.We just all cary diffirent sins.isint it great that we have a God that is willing to wrap himself in our mess and forgive us.seeing how you have judged Mark And myself i would say you are not as pure as you believe yourself to be.By the anger you express in your post for Mark i am sure you will not like the fact that Mark has some very true friends that will not turn there back on him for nothing in the world.If your intent is to try and convince me or any one else that Mark is the bad guy it will never happen.Mark has some very true friends that will never give up on him.Judging by what you say about the friends you have i would try and find some true ones.If they are Talking about Mark they are probably talking about you.And with all respect to you the last thing i am is a whore!I an a christian .That is all i need to explain to you.You are not the one who will judge me, Mark or any one else in the end.These Men and Women have a job to do in law inforcment.They do not always make every one happy.Stay on the good side of the law and you will not have to see that side of them.You can send all of the angry false statements and post you want.Marks friends will never back down from the fact that he is a great police officer and a wounderful man.You will be in my prayers.
Remmy C

Pierre, SD

#10 Feb 25, 2012
Wow, you sure like to type.
Bob

Sutherland, IA

#11 Sep 27, 2012
I worked with Mark along time ago when he was a police officer in Mitchell. He was a dishonest and unscruplous person then as well. Course, he did shoot an unarmed table once, I am sure the table deserved it. I dont care if committed adultery, his wife was a dumb as a bag of hammers.
Kathy Cz

Hopkins, MN

#12 Sep 28, 2012
I had the pleasure to get to know Mark when he gave my husband the great opportunity to work for Hanson County. He is a great person regardless of what some of you have said. I never felt more welcomed then when we moved to Hanson County. The Mayor of Emery helped us unload our U-Haul!(That has never happened in the many times I have moved. Most of the time people just peek through their curtains to see who is moving in.) The Mayor's wife made sure the house was in working order before we got there. Neighbors helped us any way they could. Girls from town came to our door and asked to meet our kids so they felt at home. Mark helped us in many ways he probably never knew. Just giving my husband the opportunity to do what he has always wanted for a job and guiding him through it was enough. I never got a chance to say thank you. BUT... THANK YOU MARK!

Mark had the whole department and families over for a "Company Dinner". This was nice because I didn't know anyone in the area and I got a chance to meet people. This was the first time I met his wife and she was very nice to me and he has GREAT KIDS. Whatever happened in his home is his own private business and shouldn't be the concern of anyone except Mark and his wife. See, the one thing Minnesota has taught me is that while you are busy gossiping about other people's lives the one right before you might be crumbling down. So pay attention to the things in your own life and if someone else is struggling with something, GO TO THEM and talk about it, maybe you can help because it sure feels good when someone comes to help you when you need it.

I wished things would have worked out and we would have been able to stay in Hanson County. But 2 other people had a different agenda and my husband became the escape goat. Being the "new guy" from "out of town" and "knowing no history" he was the perfect person. Someday Karma will come back and bite those 2 and until then we will go on living our lives.

Bottom line is that Mark can live his OWN life how ever he wants, so just let him. I wish him the best in anything he decides to do (and I know my husband does too). If his marriage didn't/doesn't work out then I wish him the best in his next relationship. I thank him for protecting Hanson County before I was there, while I was there, and after I left. I really care about the people I met while living there so thank you for protecting my friends. I hope you all have nicer things to say to him because there is enough pain and hate in the world to be adding to it.

Everyday I think about my time in South Dakota and you all might be happy to know that I brought a little bit of South Dakota back to Minnesota with me; every time I pass a car in town I give the person a wave. Most of the time I get the look of confusion but every once in a while I get a wave back.:)
Rick Santorum

Springfield, NJ

#13 Oct 27, 2013
South Dakota wrote:
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It really breaks my heart to see the way some people has treated Mark.If you really new this Man you would know he is probably one of the best people you could ever know.His personal life is his!Like many of our public workers he has been shown little respect for all of that time he put towards protecting us.He is and will always be a very good law inforcment man.I always felt safe when we had him in our community.I pray that god will come into your heart and and make it soft enough to never bring judgement against some one again until you have opened your closet and cleaned out your own skelitons.To bring this mans children into this was very wrong and of very poor taste.He loves his children and is a very good Father.I look at this post dated in 2009 and wounder how your life is going now.Some times when we judge others in a wrong way it comes back on us.Mark is a strong man and is working on becoming a christian man.None of you that tried to hurt him can hurt him any more.I know jesus will protect him now.I know some where in your heart there is a good person I pray that you look deep in side of your self And find that.It would also be nice if you could let this man know how sorry you are for bringing any harm this comment you made may have brought him.My prayers are with you.
Did you mention the "closet"?? Please meet me there to discuss.
Rick Santorum

Springfield, NJ

#14 Oct 27, 2013
Kathy Cz wrote:
I had the pleasure to get to know Mark when he gave my husband the great opportunity to work for Hanson County. He is a great person regardless of what some of you have said. I never felt more welcomed then when we moved to Hanson County. The Mayor of Emery helped us unload our U-Haul!(That has never happened in the many times I have moved. Most of the time people just peek through their curtains to see who is moving in.) The Mayor's wife made sure the house was in working order before we got there. Neighbors helped us any way they could. Girls from town came to our door and asked to meet our kids so they felt at home. Mark helped us in many ways he probably never knew. Just giving my husband the opportunity to do what he has always wanted for a job and guiding him through it was enough. I never got a chance to say thank you. BUT... THANK YOU MARK!
Mark had the whole department and families over for a "Company Dinner". This was nice because I didn't know anyone in the area and I got a chance to meet people. This was the first time I met his wife and she was very nice to me and he has GREAT KIDS. Whatever happened in his home is his own private business and shouldn't be the concern of anyone except Mark and his wife.
lessee...he hired your husband and gave you pleasure. You got to know his wife in his home. Sounds awfully pleasurable.

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