(SD)-Current Deputy Named New Fall River County States Attorney
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. - The Fall River County Commissioners have appointed Brian Ahrendt as States Attorney to fill out the remaining nearly 2 years of the term of James Sword, who has resigned effective at the end of the month.
Ahrendt, Sword's law partner and has been his deputy since Nov 2016, will officially take over March 1st. The commissioners will finalize his contract at their next meeting in two weeks. The position is currently part-time with the States Attorney able to also have a private practice.
The commissioners met in closed executive session for well over an hour Tuesday morning to review the letters of interest from attorneys wanting to succeed Sword and to interview those applicants.
Oglala Lakota County contracts with the Fall River County State Attorney for those services, but the OLC commissioners last Friday declined to act at that time on Sword's resignation.
Instead, they put it off until their next meeting to be able to act on both the resignation and a new contract with Sword's successor, who had not yet been selected at that time.
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