Twelve years after its founding, Spearfish was incorporated as a city in 1888. Its form of municipal government is aldermanic, with a mayor and a city council of six. Spearfish is divided into three wards and each ward elects two council members. The mayor and council members are elected for three-year terms. A city supervisor, working directly under the mayor and council, is the municipal government’s chief administrative officer. The city’s work is handled by public works, police, fire, library, and finance departments. City council meetings are scheduled at 7:00 pm the first and third Mondays of each month in council chambers at City Hall, 625 Fifth Street. Agendas and minutes can be found online and are published in the Black Hills Pioneer newspaper.
For all information on the 2017 Spearfish budget view the adopted budget guide 2017 here.
Lawrence County administers state and federal elections in the City of Spearfish. For the city's voting history, visit Lawrence County's Voter Information website. The site also provides information on how to register to vote and a map of voting precincts in the county.
A list of polling places in Lawrence County can be found here.
The residents of the city of Spearfish account for some precincts within Lawrence County. If you’re interested in viewing the results or voter turnout of recent elections, follow each link respectively.
Spearfish is the home of the Black Hills Pioneer, a daily published newspaper, established in 1876. This paper is the oldest business in West River South Dakota and the only locally owned newspaper in the territory. The Pioneer serves Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood and Whitewood in Lawrence County as well as Meade and Butte County.
The Rapid City Journal, a daily published newspaper based out of Rapid City, also provides printed news for Spearfish. The Rapid City Journal began on January 5, 1878, as the Black Hills Journal. The Journal is the daily newspaper of Rapid City.