Galen Niederwerder Sworn In as County Commissioner

Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Commissioners unanimously nominated Galen Niederwerder to fill the vacancy of Commissioner District 1.  Niederwerder was sworn in Tuesday morning along with the current county coroner, Steve Barry.  Niederwerder succeeds Gary Cammack who was elected to the South Dakota Legislature.

Auditor LIsa Schieffer swears in Galen Niederwerder, Commissioner District 1, and Steve Barry, Coroner

Steve Barry, Coroner; Galen Niederwerder, Commissioner District 1; Lisa Schieffer, Auditor

Public Interviews of Applicants for Meade County Commission District 1

Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Board of Commissioners will hold public interviews of District 1 Commissioner applicants at a special commission meeting on December 19, 2012 @ 9:00 am.  The public is encouraged to attend this open session meeting.  

District 1 Commissioner Applicants: 

  1. Joe Garner
  2. William Gropper
  3. Bill Kluck 
  4. Galen Niederwerder
  5. Jason Reed 
  6. Richard Richter
  7. Craig Shaver 
  8. Nicole Skouge
  9. Charles Spring

The successful applicant will be appointed in January, 2013 to fill the vacancy left by Commissioner Cammack - following his election to the SD Legislature as Representative for District 29. 

Citizens Requested to Serve on the Meade County Planning Board


Sturgis, SD - The Meade County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals who are interested in serving on the Meade County Planning Board.  

  • Two (2) Openings are Available
  • Appointments are for a Five (5) Year Term  
  • Appointment will be effective January 2013
  • All Residents of Meade County are Eligible

The Meade County Planning Board is a seven-member advisory Board whose members are appointed by the Meade County Board of Commissioners.

The Planning Board is tasked with ensuring the county ordinances are implemented consistently and offers oversight to the growth, planning, and development activities in the County.  This Board makes recommendations to the Meade County Commission regarding planning functions and procedures.  

Regular meetings of the County Planning Board are held on the third Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Individuals who want to be considered for an appointment are asked to fill out a Citizen Interest Application form and submit same to the Meade County Board of Commissioners, 1300 Sherman Street, STE 212, Sturgis, SD 57785.  Citizen Interest Application available at: via Human Resources Office.

All applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012.

Meade County Receives Awards from SD Association of County Commissioners

On September 18, 2012, the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners awarded Meade County with the following awards:


Commissioner Gary Cammack, Commissioner Robert Heidgerken, Commissioner Vice Chairperson Doreen Creed, Commission Assistant Jerry Derr, Assistant Valerie Martin, Commissioner Chairperson Alan Aker, Commissioner Linda Rausch

"Outstanding County Service Award" to the Meade County Commission for the implementation of BoardDocs.  BoardDocs is a web-based system that allows immediate public access to the Commission's meetings, documents, and policies and procedures.


"Outstanding County Service Award" for an employee to Jerry Derr and Valerie Martin for their implementation of a new county website offering the public timely and accurate information regarding county business.


"County Achievement Award - Honorable Mention" to Meade County for their renovation of the Erskine Office Building.




Commissioner Gary Cammack, Commissioner Robert Heidgerken, Highway Superintendent Ken McGirr, Commissioner Chairperson Alan Aker, Commissioner Linda Rausch, Commissioner Vice Chairperson Doreen Creed"Loss Control/Safety Achievement Award - Gold Level" to the Meade County Highway Department.