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The SDMEA has two active committees.  The Operations and Conference Committee and the Legislative and Communications Committee. Both committees have been renamed and a scope for each has also been defined.


The Operations and Conference Committee was previously the Safety Committee.  The Operations and Conference committee is:

  • Responsible for planning, organizing, and hosting the annual Superintendent/Foreman Conference

  • Responsible for informing the SDMEA board and associated members with safety and operational topics or changes in safety regulations that might affect our member communities.



The Legislative and Communications Committee was previously the Legislative committee.  The Legislative and Communications Committee is:

  • Responsible for monitoring and tracking all legislative activities and developing lobbying strategies and communication plans to respond.

  • Responsible for developing communication and marketing plans to aid in the promotion of the South Dakota Municipal Electric Association and its members.

Operations and Conference Committee Members

  • Brad Lawrence / City of Madison

  • Ryan Thompson / Brookings Municipal Utilities

  • Chad Collins / City of Volga

  • Brian Benson / Watertown Municipal Utilities

  • Kyle Hills /Sioux Falls Traffic, Light and Power

  • Chris Hill / SD Municipal Electric Association

Legislative and Communications Committee

  • Russell Halgerson-SDMEA Board President

  • Chris Hill-SDMEA Director of Electrical Services

  • Sara Rankin-SDML Director of Marketing & Communications

  • Ann Hyland-Heartland Consumers Power District

  • Kelly Dybdahl- Heartland Consumers Power District

  • Deb Birgen-Missouri River Energy Services