Commissioners opt out of district

HURON – Beadle County commissioners have decided to drop out of the James River Valley County District, one of nine districts within the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners.
With just three counties in the district – Beadle, Brown and Spink – it was too small to be functional, Beadle County Commission Chairman Tom Hansen said Thursday.
There are nine districts in the state. Typically, districts have six or more counties. Hansen said he and his fellow commissioners may take separate action to join the Sioux Valley County District to the east, which includes the counties of Kingsbury, Brookings, Lake, Moody, Clark, Codington and Hamlin.
The mission of the association is to promote and improve county government in South Dakota.
Its goals are to keep county commissioners and county officials informed on issues pertaining to county government, to conduct workshops, seminars and an annual meeting, to confer with county commissioners and officials to identify and help resolve problems and to draft legislative bills.
Commissioners met with Attorney General Marty Jackley, who was spending the day meeting with people in Huron.
In brief remarks, Jackley thanked commissioners for their support of local law enforcement.
He said from time to time he visits with county commissioners across the state to discuss issues like the cost of law enforcement.
Jackley said he works with all 66 counties, including all of the state’s attorneys and sheriffs.
Serving on the local school board is the most difficult, but service on the county commission is second, he said.
“I’ve always found good partnerships, and I appreciate that,” Jackley said.

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