The Deadwood City Commission met October 24th to fill the remainder of the term left vacant by the late Mayor Charles “Chuck” Turbiville. According to the Rapid City Journal, Commissioner David Ruth, Jr. was appointed to complete Turbiville’s term as mayor at the emotional meeting. Ruth will serve as Deadwood’s mayor until the city’s next municipal election in April.
Ruth was chosen unanimously. The commission also voted to use as many as five of Deadwood’s trolleys as transportation to the Black Hills National Cemetery for Turbiville’s internment services, which were held on October 29th, following funeral services at 10am at the Deadwood Mountain Grand. City offices and the library were also closed for the day.
The city of Deawood and state lawmakers mourn the death of Turbiville, 75, who passed away on October 20th, after suspectedly suffering from a stroke in his home. Turbiville had served as Deadwood’s mayor since 2013 and was seeking a second term as District 31’s state representative when he passed. According to state law, his name will remain on the ballot, and in the case of his re-election, the new governor will choose his replacement in the state house.
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