Kirk Chaffee to trade Sturgis office for House seat

A longtime Sturgis public servant says “goodbye” to one job and “hello” to another after three decades of service.

Kirk Chaffee, Meade County Director of Equalization and Planning, said farewell to coworkers during a retirement gathering at the Meade Co. Erskine Building on Wednesday.

He ends his career after 32 years of assessing property values and taxes throughout the county.

Chaffee, a Republican, leaves the office following his nomination to the South Dakota House of Representatives. He will represent Legislative District 29, which covers parts of Meade and Butte county. The seat was vacated by Lieutenant Governor-elect Larry Rhoden following his successful run in the 2018 South Dakota General Election alongside Governor-elect Kristi Noem.

Chaffee said he expects to make an easy transition from local to state government.

“[I spent] a lot of years working with local government – local government issues – so [it’s] kind of a natural progression,” Chaffee said. “Great timing with retirement. It’s kind of a meant-to-be type deal.”

Chaffee’s final day of work will be on Jan. 4, and his first day in legislative office will begin Jan. 8.

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