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SD public safety secretary to leave job

PIERRE — South Dakota Department of Public Safety Secretary Trevor Jones announced Thursday he is leaving his post for a job with Dakota State University, working in the university's digital forensics lab.

Jones has been the secretary throughout Gov. Dennis Daugaard's administration, following a 20-year career in law enforcement. Following his departure, Deputy Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh will serve as Interim Secretary for the balance of the administration.

"Shortly after I took office, our state faced the major challenge of Missouri River flooding, and Trevor's leadership was crucial to our successful response," said Daugaard in a statement. "Throughout my administration, Trevor has helped to keep South Dakotans safe through his efforts at the Department. I wish him well in the future."

According to DSU, Jones will be the director of Digital Forensic Services for the digital forensics lab on the university campus. He will start on Oct. 10 in the new job.

The lab's mission is to research cybercrime, including developing investigation techniques and training protocols. These methods will be used to educate law enforcement about digital forensics, and to create mechanisms for citizens to report possible crimes.

"Cybercrime is broad and ever-changing. To properly address these issues will take a concerted effort of academia, citizens, and law enforcement at all levels — local, state and federal," Jones said in a release. "We all need to combat these problems that have and will continue to significantly impact our daily lives."

Jones is a native of Aberdeen and has a criminal justice degree from the University of South Dakota. He has worked as a deputy for the Minnehaha County Sheriff's office, and for 20 years with the state attorney general's office before joining the DPS in 2010.