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Posted on: November 3, 2021

Congratulations to City of Spearfish 2021 South Dakota Municipal League Hall of Fame Inductees!

City of Spearfish

SPEARFISH, SD - Three City of Spearfish employees were recognized in the 2021 South Dakota Municipal League Hall of Fame for 20 years of service. 

The South Dakota Municipal League  Hall of Fame honors elected and appointed officials and employees who have served municipalities in South Dakota for 20 or more years. The 2021 inductees were recognized during the annual conference on October 7, 2021, at the Excellence in South Dakota Municipal Government Award Luncheon, hosted in Spearfish this year.


The three employees recognized in the 2021 Hall of Fame are:

Michelle DeNeui - Michelle started in August 2001 as a police dispatcher with the Police Department, working in both part- and full-time positions. In Feb. 2005, she was promoted to finance accountant and in March of 2011, she was promoted to assistant finance officer. Michelle was granted a professional certification as a Certified Governmental Financial Managers in October of 2016. In 2018, Michelle completed the Master of Professional Accountancy program through the University of South Dakota with a cumulative GPA of 3.7. In June of 2019, Michelle was promoted once again, this time to finance officer for the city.

Steve Hofmann - Steve started with the City of Spearfish in March of 2001 as a police officer. In April of 2003, Steve was assigned as the school resource officer. In December 2005, Steve was promoted to police corporal and then to police sergeant in March of 2010. Most recently, Steve was reassigned to police sergeant over investigations. Steve is an essential part of the team that has been building a positive culture within the department since 2001.

Pat Rotert - Pat started with the City of Spearfish in June of 2001 as the chief of police. He is the longest serving chief of police in the history of the Spearfish Police Department, serving for just over 18 years. Pat was instrumental in creating a work environment which fostered trust and respect within the police department. In August of 2019, Pat was promoted to the public safety director. He assisted in creating the first Department of Public Safety for the City, where he currently oversees the police, fire, building services, and the code enforcement divisions.

Thank you to these employees for their 20 years of service with the City of Spearfish and the many things each has contributed to its success!

SDML 2021 Hall of Fame