Sheriff K.C. Lehr moved to Big Piney, Wyoming from Nebraska with his mother and father when he was 10 years old. He has referred to Sublette County and Wyoming as his home ever since. After graduating from Big Piney High School in 1993, Sheriff Lehr attended college at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. There he earned degrees in Criminal Justice, Biology and Chemistry.
After college, Sheriff Lehr tried to enlist with the armed services. He was denied in part due to injuries sustained while playing college football and baseball. Knowing that he couldn’t serve his country abroad, he decided to do the next best thing, and serve it domestically as a law enforcement officer.
Sheriff Lehr attended the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in Phoenix in 1999 and was recognized by his classmates as “exemplary recruit”. He would spend the next four years with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in the Kingman, Bullhead City and Lake Havasu districts before Sublette County called him back.
In 2003, Sublette County Sheriff Bardy Bardin asked then Deputy Lehr if he would come back to Sublette County with the directive of creating a Narcotics Task Force. Sheriff Lehr put together a two-man team to combat the meth epidemic in the gas field which was also filtering into the communities of Sublette County. The Sublette County Narcotics Task Force is still active to this day.
Sheriff Lehr left the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office in 2008 as an Investigative Detective to work in the gas field as a measurement technician. It wouldn’t be until eight years later when he was approached by his former law enforcement co-workers in 2016 to run for the appointment of Sheriff.
Sheriff Lehr resides near Pinedale with his wife and two daughters. He can be seen hiking the back country as a member of Tip Top Search and Rescue, or running up and down the courts officiating youth basketball and starting track meets across the state. He enjoys spending his time off with his family outdoors: hiking, hunting, fishing, camping in what the mountain men referred to as, “the garden beyond the Tetons” – Sublette County.