The mission of Meade County is to provide our citizens with open governance, supported by innovative, cost effective services and methods of operation; to perform our statutory duties; to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of the state of South Dakota; and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense, and sound judgment.

Board of Meade county COMMISSIONERS


District 1

Mr. Galen Niederwerder

22100 Ricky Road, New Underwood, SD 57761


Galen was graduated from New Underwood High School in 1973. He attended Black Hills State College.  He has been happily married to his wife Donna since 1977, and they have two sons, Eric and Tyler.

Galen has worked at UPS, as a route salesman, and car salesman, former owner of Gospel Garden Bookstore, he has owned dairy farm with ranching interests since 1987.

Galen served as a bi-weekly columnist for New Underwood Post 2003-2013 until appointed to Commission.

Galen has served as a Meade County Commissioner since 2013, and his current term ends January 2019.

District 2

Ms. Doreen Allison Creed

1113 Paisley Terrace, Sturgis, SD 57785


District 3

Ms. Linda Rausch

15362 Canyon Trail, Piedmont, SD 57769

605.787.7566 | 605.391.2136

Linda was graduated from Yankton High School, after which she obtained a BS in Chemical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  She had a 26-year professional career in manufacturing, engineering and construction management.  Linda retired in 2001 as the Global Construction Manager for a Fortune 500 company, and has spent more than a decade now in the local real-estate business.

She served as the past President of the Black Hills Association of Realtors as well as the State Director for the South Dakota Association of Realtors / State Government Affairs Director. Linda has had a life-long agriculture affiliation, with family farms in Potter and Sully counties.  She raises Quarter Horses and is a Master Gardener through SDSU Extension.

Linda has served as a Meade County Commissioner since Janaury 2011, and her current term expires January 2019

District 4 

Mr. Ted Seaman 

21554 Geary Lane, Piedmont, SD 57769


Ted was graduated from Central Christian High School in Hutchinson, Kansas in 1972.  He then attended Wichita State University and worked for Fleming Foods.

In 1976, Ted married Rebecca Johnson, and they moved to the Black Hills together in 1977 where they have been happily married for 40 years.  Together, they have raised two children and have been blessed with 9 grandchildren.

Ted began work with Black Hills Power in 1980 and had a lengthy career as a lineman and retired as a Line-Service Foreman in January, 2017.

In addition to work, Ted has also sang and traveled with the Black Hills Gospel Quartet for 26 years and served on church boards and in Adult Christian Education programs for most of his adult life.

Ted has served as a Meade County Commissioner since January 2017, and his current term expires January 2021.

District 5

Mr. Robert Heidgerken

22372 West Nike Road, Rapid City, SD 57701


Robert was graduated from Douglas High School, Ellsworth A.F.B., in 1969, after which he attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He spent some time working in different fields, working as: a home rancher, a rancher in Stoneville, SD, a crop adjuster for Sturgis A.S.C.S., an emergency loan officer and contractor for Sturgis F.H.A.  He is a current third-generation home rancher since 1969.

Robertt has served as a previous member of North Haines/North Elk Fire Protection Tax District Board, County Committee for the F.H.A., Patrons Coop Board of Directors, Meade County Committees on Ordinance 20, Ellsworth AQES study, Elk Vale Township, and Natural Resource Advisory Committee

Robert has served as a Meade County Commissioner since January 2011, and his current term expires January 2019.

Commission Districts


Jerry Derr, Commission Assistant/HR Director

1300 Sherman Street, Suite 212, Sturgis, SD 57785

605.720.1625 | Fax: 605.720.1633 |

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.

Commission Meetings, Agendas and Minutes

The commission's regular meetings are convened twice monthly, on the second and fourth Wednesday, in the Commission Meeting Room, 2nd floor, Erskine Office Building, 1300 Sherman Street, Sturgis, SD.

Agendas/Minutes and detailed supporting documentation can be accessed at: BoardDocs

General Powers of County Commission

SDCL 7-8-20: General powers of county commissioners. In addition to others specified by law, the Board of County Commissioners shall have power:

(1) To institute and prosecute civil actions in the name of the county, for and on behalf of the county;

(2) To make orders respecting the care and preservation of all property belonging to the county and to sell any real property of the county when authorized by law so to do;

(3) To levy a tax not exceeding the amount authorized by law, and to liquidate indebtedness;

(4) To audit the accounts of all officers having the care, management, collection or disbursement of any money belonging to the county or appropriated for its benefit;

(5) To construct and repair bridges; to open, lay out, vacate, and change highways; to purchase or acquire grounds for courthouse, jail, or other building sites, locate or relocate the courthouse on such sites; to establish election precincts in its county and appoint the judges of election; and, as a board of equalization, to equalize the assessment roll of its county in the manner provided by law;

(6) To furnish necessary blank books, blanks, and stationery for the county auditor, register of deeds, county treasurer, state's attorney, sheriff, and other elected or appointed county officers, to be paid out of the county treasury; also a fireproof safe or vaults, when in its judgment the same shall be advisable, in which to keep all the books, records, vouchers, and papers pertaining to the business of the board;

(7) To superintend the fiscal concerns of the county and secure their management in the best possible manner;

(8) To regulate the transaction of business in alcoholic beverages and the use and consumption of alcoholic beverages, to establish the number of on-sale licenses which may be issued, to provide for reasonable classification of on-sale licenses and fix the fees to be charged for the licenses consistent with the provisions of Title 35;

(9) To make ordinances prohibiting the sale or exhibition of any obscene matter; however, no county resolution shall be effective in any incorporated area within said county;

(10) To do and perform such other duties and acts as it is or may hereafter be required to do and perform;

(11) To provide additional compensation to the county treasurer, county auditor, county register of deeds, state's attorney, and sheriff. This compensation shall be in addition to the salaries prescribed in §§ 7-7-9.1, 7-7-12, and 7-12-15;

(12) To provide office space, in addition to that provided in the county courthouse, for state's attorneys, appointed officials of the county and other employees;

(13) To receive and administer grants, loans and assistance and to enter into agreements for cooperative action, with or on behalf of any public agency or nonprofit organization, to establish, promote and support community development;

(14) To enact ordinances to regulate and prevent the placing of ashes, dirt, garbage or any offensive matter in any highway or public ground or in any body or stream of water within the county, but outside of an incorporated municipality or outside of the one mile limits of any incorporated municipality;

(15) To enact ordinances to regulate and compel the cleansing, abatement or removal of any sewer, cesspool or any unwholesome or nauseous thing or place;

(16) To license and regulate transient merchants, hawkers, solicitors, peddlers, itinerant vendors, and every person retailing tangible personal property or services, unless such business is carried on exclusively within the boundaries of a municipality or is carried on through home solicitation or from a fixed permanent location and place of business in this state where such goods and services are offered on a continuing basis;

(17) To enact by ordinance, for any portion of the county which is zoned, certain building codes pursuant to § 11-10-5;

(18) To prohibit or restrict open burning, after consultation with local fire officials and law enforcement officials, in order to protect the public health and safety.