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WHAT's New In Patrol Division:

The Box Elder Police Department would like to welcome Officer Porter Wimp to the agency! 

Porter was born and raised just a jump skip away from the box in Rapid City. He decided after graduating from Stevens High School to attend Western Dakota Technical College wherein he studied Criminal Justice with emphasis in Law Enforcement. Porter was excited to apply and accept a position with the BEPD after having graduated from WDT.

Porter enjoys baseball, time with his girlfriend and their two fur babies; Zeus and, Paisley.

Welcome to Box Elder Officer Wimp, we look forward to your service with our community in the years to come!



WHAT's New In the Police Department Investigations Division:

BEPD Investigations would like to introduce and welcome their new investigators, Investigator Michael Cristol and Investigator Noel Peterson. 



Investigator Michael Cristol is in his 17th year of sworn law enforcement and comes to the box having served as a K9 Handler, Field Training Officer, Special Victims Unit Detective, Auto Theft Detective and Patrol Officer. 

Michael is an advocate for community involvement as such, served for eight years as a Head Coach for his former community's High School Swim Team.

Michael and his family relocated to the Black Hills and took advantage of summer camping in the hills, are active with the Boy Scouts and just toured the iconic Iron Mountain Road over the weekend for the first time! Michael says his favorite aspect of the BEPD, and City of Box Elder is "The tight knit community here and, how the different aspects of city government work together as well as they do."

Investigator Noel Peterson is joined the BEPD by way of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it a proud US Airforce and Law Enforcement Veteran. Noel and family have like many others who find themselves in the heart of South Dakota; fallen head over heels for the Black Hills and all the wonders therein. Trivial points that fellow officers of Noel have noted are his talents with an illustrator’s pen are impressive and, he is a Batman fan through and through!



WHAT’s New In the Police Department Administration Division:

The Box Elder Police Department would like to remind folks that we are in City Hall at 420 Villa Drive. Be sure and come in through the City Hall main entrance as all other doors are for employee use only. Stop in and check us out!

WHAT's New In the Fleet & Vehicle Maintenance Division:

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WHAT’s New In the Marketing and Events Department:

This project aims to build a significant, state-of-the-art children's museum that will operate as the Black Hills Children’s Museum (BHCM) of South Dakota. With the nearest children’s museum being almost 382 miles away, it is challenging for young families to find the educational and recreational opportunities, which our museum will provide. This keystone attraction within the City of Box Elder, will add enthusiasm for further economic development and advance the quality of life for area residents. The BHCM aims to introduce children to concepts and skills that enhance their academic success, provoke imagination, and explore unknown worlds. It will feature a host of interactive attractions with themes unique to the Black Hills Region of South Dakota. With exhibits and programs featuring the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), the BHCM will offer high-quality educational experiences designed to stimulate curiosity and learning in children of all ages.

WHAT’s New In the City Clerks Department:

Sign for city clerks

The City Clerk Department continues discussions with the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), regional directors, and SD finance officers and municipal clerks on a venture in combining finance officers and city clerks into one organization/association.  A committee is forming that consists of other South Dakota City Clerk departments and Finance Officers to continue moving towards this beneficial, professional joint organization.

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WHAT’s New In Elections:

In 2023, City Council terms for Wards 1, 2, and 3 will be open.  If you are interested in running for City Council, please visit the City Elections webpage (https://www.boxelder.us/city-departments/city-clerks/elections/) for updates in March/April 2023 for further information.  More information will be available at that time.

If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 605-923-1404.

What's new in Community and Economic Development

This project aims to build a significant, state-of-the-art children's museum that will operate as the Black Hills Children’s Museum (BHCM) of South Dakota. With the nearest children’s museum being almost 382 miles away, it is challenging for young families to find the educational and recreational opportunities, which our museum will provide. This keystone attraction within the City of Box Elder, will add enthusiasm for further economic development and advance the quality of life for area residents. The BHCM aims to introduce children to concepts and skills that enhance their academic success, provoke imagination, and explore unknown worlds. It will feature a host of interactive attractions with themes unique to the Black Hills Region of South Dakota. With exhibits and programs featuring the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM), the BHCM will offer high-quality educational experiences designed to stimulate curiosity and learning in children of all ages.
If you are interested in sponsoring or donating to the museum, please contact Brent Hendrickson at 605-791-8132 or email at brent.hendrickson@boxelder.us

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What's New in Human Resources

Group photo of City of Box Elder staff

On October 1st, the “Fitness Steps Challenge” kicked off and staff have been encouraged to track their weekly steps as part of our ongoing wellness initiative. Employees have walked, run, hiked, lunged, and danced their way to higher step counts which leads to more movement and more health benefits!

What's New in Human Resources

Chad Tomjack and Nicky Thomson

Congratulations to the recipients of our 3rd Quarter “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” Award! Both Nicky Thomson and Chad Tomjack were recognized by their fellow employees for their outstanding dedication to their roles and commitment to public service.

What's New in Human Resources

Kenny Moore
Congratulations to Kenny Moore of Fleet Management for being the recipient of our “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” Award for the 2nd Quarter! He was recognized by our Marketing Department for doing an outstanding job of helping all night long with the recent Community “Bike Night” Event in June.

What's New in Human Resources

Josh Sadler
City representatives from Public Works and Human Resources joined in the fun at the "Summer Car Classic" Community Event at City Hall. They hosted a Job Information Booth showcasing the available opportunities with the City and had cookies on hand to pass out as well! Pictured here is Josh Sadler, our Water/Wastewater Superintendent, ready to engage with the crowds!

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WHAT's New In the Finance Department:

Once again, the Finance Department completed another year of audits with no findings, making it four consecutive years of excellent audit reports. Additionally, the State Auditor has accepted the last four years of annual reports all arriving before the deadline and in precise order.

Excellent job, Finance Team!
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