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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, December 26, 2019


PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg today announced the appointment of Turner County State’s Attorney Katelynn B. Hoffman to serve on the South Dakota Open Meetings Commission effective immediately. 


“Katelynn has served our State and the citizens of Turner County as a prosecutor since 2013, first as a deputy state’s attorney and, since 2016, as the State’s Attorney,” said Ravnsborg.  “I have no doubt that she will apply her knowledge and experience to this new role on an already strong commission.”  


Hoffman is a native of Parker, SD, where she graduated from high school.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Mounty Marty College in Yankton, SD in 2009 and her Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI in 2013.  She was as Deputy State’s Attorney for Turner County starting in 2013, was appointed State’s Attorney in 2015 and ran for election for her first full term in 2016.  She resides in Parker with her family. 


Hoffman will be filling the vacancy on the commission created by the retirement of Aurora County State’s Attorney John Steele. 


“John has provided years of service to his county and our State, and we cannot thank him enough for his hard work and dedication,” stated Ravnsborg.  “I know Katelynn will step up and do the same.” 


The Open Meetings Commission was created in 2004 and consists of five state’s attorneys appointed by the Attorney General.  The commission’s main goal is to ensure that government is open and accessible to all South Dakotans.  More information can be found on the Attorney General’s website.



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