Care Campus earns national achievement award

Pennington County, S.D. – Pennington County is recognized with the Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognizes the Care Campus with the 2020 Achievement Award in the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

“People have traveled from throughout the country to visit, learn about our Care Campus and see what might work in their community. We accept this award on behalf of all citizens of Pennington County,” says Chief Deputy Willie Whelchel. “Over time this facility saves tax payers’ dollars but more importantly, we are impacting and saving lives.”

Nationally, awards are given in 18 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice and public safety, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo President Mary Ann Borgeson said, “We are seeing firsthand now more than ever that counties work tirelessly to support our residents. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs showcase how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.”

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NACo Annual Conference has been cancelled. As a result, there will not be a national Achievement Awards Luncheon this year.

At some future date, the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office hopes to celebrate the award-winning achievements locally.

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