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CHIEF JIM BUSH
Hall of Fame Inductee – 2015
J.C. "PAPPY" HOEL OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Any biker will tell you that the community of two wheels means people you don’t know are there for you simply because of your shared passion of riding. While Jim Bush may not count riding among his past-times, you can be sure that he is a big part of that community. Even though the vast majority of attendees at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have never even seen Jim Bush, he impacts the success of that rally every year.
Bush was born and raised on a family ranch along the Missouri River north of Pierre, South Dakota. It was 37 years ago when Jim joined the Sturgis Police Reserves. Shortly after that, he was made an active duty officer on the Sturgis Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1985, and named Police Chief in 1990. His entire career in law enforcement has been spent in Sturgis, South Dakota – population 6,500…or anywhere from a half a million on up…depending on whether you’re here during the annual motorcycle rally or “off-rally.”
Good years, bad years, and everything in between, Chief Bush has seen it all. He is known nationally in law enforcement circles and has often served as a speaker at conventions relating to major event planning and response. Considering the size of the rally, it’s really quite amazing that – as Bush often points out – the majority of law enforcement’s public contacts during the rally are parking related.
When he’s not busy with his law enforcement duties, Bush likes to spend his spare time enjoying all of the hunting and fishing opportunities that abound in the Black Hills. Bush has been married to his wife Vicki for 47 years. The couple has four children and 12 grandchildren.