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Rapid City Mayoral History

Born:  March 9, 1974 Died:  Living Mayoral Dates:  2011-2015 Mayoral Quip Sam Kooiker began his public service as part of the Rapid City Planning Commission from 2001-2002. Sam was elected to the Rapid City Common Council in 2002 and represented Ward 2 (including most of Old Robbinsdale and downtown areas) until he was elected Mayor of Rapid City in 2011.…
Born:  April 4, 1960 Died:  Living Mayoral Dates:  2007-2011 Mayoral Quip Alan Hanks has had a full career in local and state politics, beginning in 1996 when he was appointed to the Rapid City Planning Commission. He was elected to City Council as a Ward 1 Alderman in 1998 and served for three terms until 2004. His tenure on the…
Born:  April 15, 1955 Died:  Living Mayoral Dates:  2001-2003 Mayoral Quip Jerry Munson was born and raised in Rapid City.  He attended Rapid City public schools, then attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He retired from a fifteen-year business career in 1996 at 41 years of age.  He founded, established and sold what became the largest volume pleasure/fishing boat…
Born:  October 30, 1946 Died:  Living Mayoral Dates:  1997-2001 and 2003-2007 Mayoral Quip Jim Shaw was a radio and TV broadcaster in Rapid City for 27 years before assuming the office of full-time mayor.  He and his wife own and operate the Prince & Pauper Village, a full-service independent book store and cafe in Rapid City, and R. L. Shaw…
Born:  June 16, 1928 Died:  Living Mayoral Dates:  1991-1997 Mayoral Quip Ed McLaughlin has been a resident of Rapid City since 1967 and owned an insurance agency.  He ranched from 1971-1975.  He was an elementary school principal, elementary supervisor, junior high school principal, superintendent, and administrator and director of a regional planning center.  McLaughlin received a Doctor of Education degree…
Born:  January 1, 1949 Died:  Living Mayoral Dates:  1987-1991 Mayoral Quip Keith Carlyle has been a resident of Rapid City since 1968.  He was a member of the city council from 1982-1984, elected mayor in 1987 and re-elected in 1989.  He received a Masters of Public Administration Degree at Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University…
Born:  December 8, 1922 Died:  May 27, 2005 Mayoral Dates:  1975 – 1987 Mayoral Quip In 1956, Art became a businessman as he partnered with Cyrus Pettigrew and Vern Lecy in the opening of the Linoleum Center.  During this time, he and Trude raised their son, Michael.  Art served his community by taking an active role in the North Rapid…
Born:  Unknown Died:  Living Mayoral Dates:  1971-1975 Mayoral Quip Donald V. Barnett was the youngest mayor of Rapid City at 28 years of age.  He won by 5,082 votes to his opponent's 4,914 in the hottest runoff in the city's municipal election history.  He took a leave from his post as executive of the South Dakota Consumer's League to run…
Born:  Unknown Died:  Unknown Mayoral Dates:  1970-1971 Mayoral Quip John Barnes was a retired Air Force officer and former base commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base.  He retired in 1967 and lived in Rapid City.  He was employed as administrative assistant to the president of Northwestern Engineering Company.  Barnes was active in civic and community affairs.  He served on the…
Born:  May 25, 1909 Died:  November 5, 2004 Mayoral Dates:  1969-1970 Mayoral Quip Jack Allmon came to Rapid City in 1957 as manager of the J. C. Penney store and retired after 40 years with the same firm.  He was a Democratic candidate in 1966, as a representative for the Second Congressional District of South Dakota.  He was active in…
Born:  Unknown Died:  Unknown Mayoral Dates:  1963-1965 (Resigned August 1965) Mayoral Quip Phil Schroeder was assistant vice president and manager of the northeast branch of the American National Bank.  He was past president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and a Distinguished Service Award winner.  He was the father of six children and a member of the Sertoma Club, the…
Born:  April 19, 1921 Died:  November 12, 2002 Mayoral Dates:  1961-1963 Mayoral Quip William Raff was a native of Minnesota and came to Rapid City in 1955 as an assistant professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He resigned that post when he was elected mayor in 1961.  He received his bachelor's degree from Hamline University and…
Born:  December 7, 1908 Died:  October 30, 1989 Mayoral Dates:  1956-1957 and 1965 to 1969 Mayoral Quip Henry Baker was a clerk for Security Acceptance Corporation from 1931-1935 then became assistant manager from 1935-1946 living in Lincoln, Norfolk and Rapid City.  He served as city commissioner, was past president of the Credit Bureau, active in ARC and Community Chest, chairman…
Born:  December 1, 1919 Died:  December 2008 Mayoral Dates:  1955-1956 Mayoral Quip Don L'Esperance was educated in the public schools of Rapid City and attended Black Hills Community College in 1939, National School of Business in 1940 and LaSalle Ext. University in 1953.  He was a bookkeeper for Independent Binder Company, office manager for Kenosha Transportation Company, administrative assistant to…
Born:  November 11, 1886 Died:  June 28, 1969 Mayoral Dates:  1954-1955 Interesting Info:   Manager of Sweeney Hardware Mayoral Quip Harry R. Johnson was a partner and manager for Sweeney Hardware Company from 1921-1949, at which time, he became owner and manager until 1951.  He served as city commissioner for six years and mayor for two years.  He was a…
Born:  June 11, 1905 Died:  October 4, 1986 Mayoral Dates:  1953-1954 Mayoral Quip Montford Oris Wasser and his wife came to Rapid City around 1929.  He, previously, had worked for the Storm Lake Register in Iowa and the Herald-Statesman Publishing Company in Columbia Missouri.  After moving to Rapid City, he sold advertising for the Rapid City Daily Journal and later…
Born:  March 19, 1900 Died:  March 30, 1991 Mayoral Dates:  1951-1953 Mayoral Quip Augustus L. (Gus) Haines was one of the founders and the first director of the Canyon Lake Senior Center.  He spent countless hours getting the land purchased and the center built.  He served as commissioner for six years and mayor for two years.  During this period, one-way…
Born:  December 30, 1897 Died:  March 1, 1975 Mayoral Dates:  1949-1951 Mayoral Quip Isaac, Jr. took over a dry goods store upon his father's death.  The store was located on the south side of Main Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets.  Ike was very active in Rapid City civic affairs.  He served on the city council and was mayor from…
Born: May 11, 1918 Died: August 11, 1993 Mayoral Dates: 1948-1949 Interesting Info:  Founder of Reptile Gardens Mayoral Quip Earl Brockelsby became owner of Reptile Gardens in Rapid City after attending the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.  He served as a city commissioner for three years and mayor for two years.  He was a member of the Ichthyologists and Herpetologist Society,…
Born:  May 30, 1900 Died:  May 23, 1984 Mayoral Dates:  1946-1948 and 1957 to 1961 Mayoral Quip Fred Dusek served on the Rapid City Common Council from 1936-1947 and was mayor from 1946-1948 under a city manager form of government.  He then spearheaded a drive to change the city's managerial form of government to a mayor-alderman form of municipal government. …
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