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County appoints eventual treasurer replacement

Davison County has found its new treasurer for the next two years. Dave Beintema, 42, of Mitchell, has been hired as the interim deputy treasurer for Davison County and will start his new job on Oct. 31. In December, he will become the county's a...

Davison County North Offices. (Republic file photo)
Davison County North Offices. (Republic file photo)

Davison County has found its new treasurer for the next two years.

Dave Beintema, 42, of Mitchell, has been hired as the interim deputy treasurer for Davison County and will start his new job on Oct. 31. In December, he will become the county's acting treasurer until the 2020 election for the position.

The decision was made Tuesday during the Davison County Commission's regular meeting at the county's North Offices in Mitchell. The commissioners had been informed about the resignation of current treasurer Christie Gunkel in September, with an effective date of Dec. 15, citing family needs and stress as some of the main reasons for her decision.

During Tuesday's two-hour executive session, the commissioners interviewed three applicants who were chosen from a pool of candidates, after advertising the position on the county's website and in The Daily Republic.

"We found him to be a good match," said Brenda Bode, chairwoman of the Davison County Commission. "He's worked with the Mitchell Police Department, the (South Dakota) National Guard and also with the South Dakota Regional Office of Emergency Management."

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Beintema will work as a deputy treasurer with Gunkel until mid-December. His first day in charge of the office will be Dec. 17, and he will be the county's treasurer until the seat is up for election again in 2020.

Beintema said his previous jobs supervising others will be helpful for the new position, adding he's someone who has good time management and an ability to be forward thinking.

"My goal is to look at what is going good and to look at what might need improvement and go from there. I want to continue to make the treasurer's office a place where the community likes to come and do business and assist the county and the community wherever I can."

The treasurer position pays an annual salary of $49,000. Asked if he plans to run for re-election in two years, Beintema replied, "I had anticipated running, even before I applied for the deputy treasurer position."

Beintema graduated from Chadron State College in Nebraska in 1999 with a degree in Criminal Justice, and served as a police officer for the Mitchell Police Division from 2000 to 2015. He left the police force to pursue a position within the South Dakota Regional Office of Emergency Management, where he has worked since.

As a Mitchell police sergeant, Beintema was involved in a 2014 police-involved shooting at the Quality Inn, in which a 52-year-old woman died. A report from the South Dakota Attorney General's Office found Beintema was justified in shooting the woman, who had pointed a gun at him.

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