For the past 10 years, Ed Lester has served as the sheriff of Butte-Silver Bow.

In all, he has worked in law enforcement in the Mining City for the last 33 years. In 2012, Lester defeated incumbent John Walsh in the race for sheriff. He then easily won re-election in 2016 and 2020.

Before he became a police officer, Sheriff Lester competed in football, basketball and track at Butte Central. He also played baseball through his legion years. He graduated high school in 1984, and attended Montana Tech before graduating from Montana State University. 

Click here to listen in as we talk with Sheriff Lester about his years in law enforcement, the trials and rewards of being sheriff, his days as an athlete, his family and his plans for 2024.