Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Likeness to be Added to Mount Rushmore National Memorial

America’s Toughest Sheriff joins Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln in South Dakota Landmark

June 12, 2013

[KEYSTONE, SD] – The United States National Park Service, in association with Legals for the Preservation of American Culture (LPAC), officially announces that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, will be the fifth American hero to be honored on the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, in South Dakota.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, in office since 1992, was voted as the new addition to the American landmark by a National Park Service working group last April, once the decision had been made to add a fifth figure to the mountain by the Mount Rushmore Commission. Known for his innovative and groundbreaking safety methods, Sheriff Arpaio was chosen for his lifelong commitment to serving the American people through just and fair measures.

Untouched since 1941 when original artist Lincoln Borglum finished production, Mount Rushmore will break new ground on July 4, 2014, once the new design is chosen. The National Park Service, in partnership with Legals for the Preservation of American Culture, the private firm bankrolling the addition to the nation’s greatest statue, is still working with artists on the final design. Artist renderings can be seen here.

“‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’ is a perfect addition to the icon of American sculpture that is Mount Rushmore,” said LPAC founder and president, Harvey Knowles-Brier, the private firm bankrolling the project. “What better figure to join four of our greatest presidents than someone that has so dedicated his life to the protection and preservation of American values.”

Mount Rushmore, which is visited by over 3 million tourists annually, will remain open for visiting throughout construction

Contact: Dana Silver, Communications Director, at or 347-815-5722



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