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Clint Farlee commended for 48 years of “exemplary dedication” as county commissioner

Commissioner Clint D. Farlee of Dupree is retiring after 48 consecutive years of service to the people of Ziebach County.

Farlee served as a county commissioner for 48 years from 1975 to 2023, and as chairman of Board of Commissioners for 33 years from 1990 to 2023.

South Dakota governor Kristi Noem issued an Executive Proclamation declaring the day of his retirement, December 29, 2022, Clinton D. Farlee Day. At an open house honoring Farlee, county auditor Cindy Longbrake read from the proclamation praising Farlee’s “exemplary dedication to the best interests of Ziebach County and its residents.”

Over the course of his career, Farlee served in numerous capacities. He was president of the Black Hills Association of County Commissioners, served in the South Dakota Association of County Commissioners, and on the Western Interstate Region Board of the National Association of Counties.

At the open house held at the Ziebach County court house, Farlee received the gift of a wooden plaque in the shape of Ziebach County and showed off his nametags from numerous conferences and conventions he attended over the years.

Friends, colleagues and family attended the event. Farlee spoke of the good memories he has of the people he met at those meetings and of working with people throughout the county.

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