Noem appoints Hammock as District 31 Representative

December 28, 2018

PIERRE — Gov.-elect Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that she will appoint Dayle Hammock of Spearfish to represent District 31 in the South Dakota House of Representatives.

The vacancy was created after the Oct. 20 passing of Rep. Chuck Turbiville, who was reelected posthumously on Nov. 6. Hammock will serve during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions.

“I’m thankful for the input from folks in Lawrence County as we have worked toward this decision,” said Noem. “Dayle’s history of community involvement and service-oriented leadership will position him well to succeed in the state Legislature. I am confident he will serve as an effective representative for his district.”

The Lawrence County Republicans nominated Hammock as Turbiville’s replacement in mid November.

Others in contention to fill Turbiville’s seat were Dana Boke, John Teupel, Fred Romkema, and Tom Nelson, all of Spearfish.

Hammock has served in law enforcement for 27 years and has given his time and talent to other public service roles including the Meade County Commission, Meade County Planning Commission, and the Ellsworth Task Force.

Hammock will be officially appointed to the legislature on Jan. 7.

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