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City of Rapid City

The city of Rapid City is a vibrant growing community nestled in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Known as the City of Presidents, Rapid City has a rich history of patriotism coupled with a culture rich in Native American tradition and rural American life.

In the past 10-years Rapid City has seen development growth with the services, expansion of businesses and the revitalization of our downtown. The creation of Main Street Square has dramatically changed the look, feel and activity of the downtown district.

Rapid City Insights

Government structure:
Council-mayor

• Council members serve a three-year terms

• 10 council members, composed of five wards with two council members from each ward

• Mayor will begin serving four-year terms in 2019

• City council meetings are held the first and third Monday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Time Zone: Mountain

Departments:

Mayor’s Office – (605) 394-4110
Rapid City Police Department – (605) 394-4133 *non-emergency
Rapid City Fire Department – (605) 394-4180 *non-emergency
Rapid City Public Library – (605) 394-6139
Rapid City Regional Airport – (605) 394-4195
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center – (605) 394-4119
Public Works – (605) 394-4154
Parks & Recreation – (605) 394-4175
Finance – (605) 394-4143
Community Planning & Development – (605) 394-4120
City Attorney’s Office – (605) 394-4140
Population: 74,048

Pennington County

Pennington County is the second most populous county in South Dakota and is home to a wide range of geographies, people and communities. Within its 2,784 square miles, Pennington County spreads from the Black Hills National Forest to Badlands National Park and encompasses seven cities.

Pennington County Insights

Government structure: Commission

• Five commissioners, composed of five districts with one commissioner per district

• Commission chairman elected by commissioners

Departments:
4-H & EFNEP – (605) 394-2188
911 Dispatch – (605) 718-2911 *non-emergency number
Auditor’s Office – (605) 394-2153
Board of Commissioners – (605) 394-2171
Emergency Management Department – (605) 394-2180
Equalization Department – (605) 394-2175
Fire Administration Department – (605) 394-5367
Health & Human Services Department – (605) 394-2156
Veterans Services – (605) 394-2266
Highway Department – (605) 394-2166
Planning Department – (605) 394-2186
Public Defender’s Office – (605) 394-2181
Register of Deeds – (605) 394-2177
Sherriff’s Office – (605) 394-6113 *non-emergency number
State’s Attorney – (605) 394-2191
Treasurer’s Office – (605) 394-2163
Weed & Pest – (605) 394-5320
Population: 109,372

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