RC Finance Director retiring after 15 years of service
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Finance Director Pauline Sumption announced Thursday that she will be retiring after 15 years of service.
Sumption will retire effective September 22, concluding a municipal government career spanning the last 23 years, to become the chief financial officer for Dream Design International, Inc. of Rapid City.
“After 23 years in municipal government, it’s time for me to ‘live in the uncomfortable’ as I call it, so that I can grow both personally and professionally,” said Sumption. “It’s been a pleasure and I have made some lifelong friends through the work I’ve done here and the time I’ve spent here. Working in city government is a way to give back to your community and in my new role, I’ll still be giving back to the community as Dream Design is heavily invested in the growth of the community and area through the development of numerous projects.”
She was hired by Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw in 2007 as deputy finance director, but eventually became the city finance director in 2010, overseeing the department during the mayoral administrations of Alan Hanks, Sam Kooiker and Steve Allender. Her department oversees the budgets of 12 departments, two more than when she started in 2007.
Mayor Allender shared his appreciation for Sumption’s work, saying, “Pauline has dedicated her professional life to serving the public, first to the people of Sturgis and for the last 15 years, the people of Rapid City. Pauline has impressively addressed the challenges that come with being the chief financial officer for South Dakota’s second-largest city. She has approached every day of her service to our community and its citizens with dedication, commitment and the highest degree of professionalism – maintaining a critical eye to the city’s finances, budget and overall financial well-being. Given her abilities and her dedication, it’s no surprise she was recognized this year as the Finance Officer of the Year for South Dakota by the South Dakota Government Finance Officers Association. I have appreciated her dedication, her guidance, her spirit of teamwork and commitment and her friendship. I am grateful and thankful for her service and wish her all the best.”
Mayor Allender indicates the city’s options could include naming an interim finance director while engaging in a detailed process to fill the finance director position.