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PARKER, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota sheriff will now lead the state’s sobriety program.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley recently appointed Turner County sheriff Byron Nogelmeier to the position, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported.

“Sheriff Nogelmeier has served as the Turner County Sheriff for the last 18 years and has dealt firsthand with the 24/7 Sobriety Program since its inception,” Jackley said.

The 24/7 Sobriety Program for South Dakota tests offenders daily for drug and alcohol use to ensure compliance with court orders. Participants in the program are subject to breath tests, urine analysis, drug patches, alcohol-detecting bracelets and ignitions interlocks. The program works with almost 70 participating agencies.

Nogelmeier has worked with the program in his county since 2005. Offenders pay for the different testing methods the program utilizes, such as $1 a day for a breathalyzer to $40 for a drug patch, he said.

Nogelmeier will begin the coordinator position April 1. He’ll remain stationed in Parker and will travel around the state as needed in his new role.

“I love traveling around South Dakota and seeing my brother sheriffs and the 24/7 sites,” he said. “As the new coordinator, I want to keep the program solid or, if I can, make it better so it will become the best it can be.”

Nogelmeier is also involved in the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the South Dakota Sheriffs’ Association.


Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan,