Aaron Appelhans

Aaron Appelhans


Albany County Sheriff’s Office

Laramie, WY USA

Find something that fits you. Don’t try to fit yourself into a position.


By Roadtrip Nation

Aaron Appelhans


My road in life has taken me all over.
I grew up in Colorado.
After high school, I moved to Wyoming to attend the University of Wyoming—I graduated with a degree in civil engineering.
I spent some time working in civil engineering, but ultimately decided it wasn’t right for me.
I made a career change and got a job working at the University of Wyoming in recruitment marketing, admissions, and career counseling.
After several years working for the university, I got recruited into law enforcement—I wasn’t interested at first, but was convinced I’d be a good fit by the chief who recruited me.
I started in law enforcement as part of the University of Wyoming Police Department.
In December 2020, I was appointed as sheriff of Albany County, Wyoming.
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I manage all law enforcement operations for Albany County, Wyoming.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

I am in charge of law enforcement and the detention center for the county, but I also manage so much more. I'm in charge of search and rescue, emergency management, and the fire warden. The sheriff's office also manages all civil service paperwork. We make sure court papers are delivered for just about everything—protection orders, divorces, evictions, subpoenas, etc. We also deal with other civil processes—fingerprints, abandoned vehicle sales, and even estate sales sometimes.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I do recommend going to college and earning a bachelor's degree, but the specific degree itself can be in any number of things. So many of the skills you learn from any degree can transfer into many different careers. When trying to find the right career for you, don't necessarily think about the specific profession you want to do. Instead, think about the aspects of a job that you enjoy and find fulfillment in, then find a job that matches that.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Law enforcement is not for me. I'm not going to do that."

Challenges I Overcame

Racial Discrimination

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