Author, speaker, and former sheriff, Richard Mack has served in a wide variety of roles over the course of his near 20-year career in law enforcement, which began in Provo, Utah. He started as a parking enforcement cadet and was soon promoted to corporal, sergeant, and then detective. In 1988, Mack returned to Graham County, Arizona, and was elected as sheriff, where he served until 1997.
A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Mack has served as a patrol officer, hostage negotiator, youth officer, school resource officer, communications supervisor, undercover narcotics agent, and DARE instructor. In 1994, Mack was the first sheriff in the United States to challenge the constitutionality of the Brady Bill, and ultimately won a landmark decision at the United States Supreme Court, based on state sovereignty.
He was named Elected Official of the Year by the Arizona–New Mexico Coalition of Counties, inducted into the NRA Hall of Fame, and received the 1995 Cicero Award, the Samuel Adams Leadership Award, and the Gun Owners of America Defender of the Second Amendment Award.
Mack has been a consultant on numerous cases regarding police abuse and other misconduct by public officials, and is on the speakers' bureau for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. He has spoken at nearly 100 Tea Party rallies and other events across the country, and is a frequent guest on nationwide TV and radio programs. Author of several books on state sovereignty and civil rights, Mack has recently published The County Sheriff—America's Last Hope.