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Attorney General Marty Jackley

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, December 27, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. - Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg announced the appointment of Mellette County State’s Attorney Zach Pahlke to the 24/7 Sobriety Program Advisory Board.


“Zach has served as the State’s Attorney for Mellette County since 2015 and was the Deputy State’s Attorney for Todd and Tripp counties prior to that,” said Ravnsborg.  “He has dealt firsthand with the 24/7 Sobriety Program as a prosecutor and his experience with the program and its effectiveness makes him a perfect fit for this board position.”    


Pahlke was born and raised in Winner, SD and earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska School of Law in Lincoln in 2014.  He will be replacing former Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan on the board.


The 24/7 Sobriety Program began in 2005 as a pilot project. The Attorney General’s Office currently works with 67 participating agencies, including police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Unified Judicial System.


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