Noem to appoint former county commissioner to House seat

December 19, 2018

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov.-elect Kristi Noem will name a former Meade County commissioner to fill the western South Dakota state House seat vacant after former Rep. Chuck Turbiville’s death.

Noem announced Wednesday that she plans to appoint Dayle Hammock, of Spearfish, to the District 31 House seat. Hammock will serve in Pierre during the 2019 and 2020 sessions.

Noem’s office says Hammock has worked in law enforcement for over four decades. He has also served on the Meade County Commission, the county’s planning commission and the Ellsworth Task Force.

Noem says Hammock’s involvement in his community and service-oriented leadership position him to succeed in the Legislature. Hammock’s official appointment will be Jan. 7.

Turbiville died in October and was re-elected posthumously. The 75-year-old Republican lawmaker had been mayor of Deadwood for six years and served 10 years in the Legislature.

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