Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced Monday that he will appoint Alan Solano of Rapid City to the South Dakota State Senate. Solano will represent District 32, filling the seat vacated by Sen. Stan Adelstein, who resigned late last month for health reasons.
Solano's appointment is effective immediately, and he will be in Pierre on Tuesday, Jan. 14, for the first day of the 2014 Legislative Session.
"Alan Solano is a leader in his community and in his field," said Gov. Daugaard. "I appreciate his willingness to step up, on short notice, to represent his district in the state Senate."
Solano is the chief executive officer of Behavior Management Systems, Inc., a provider of behavioral and mental health services. He joined Behavior Management Systems in 1991 and became CEO in 2007.
"I am honored by the Governor's appointment, and I look forward to representing the residents of District 32 and the citizens of South Dakota," Solano said. "I know I will have a sharp learning curve but I am excited to put my nose to the grindstone and get started."
Solano is a lifelong resident of Rapid City and a graduate of Black Hills State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration.
Solano and his wife, Carol, have five children. He is a board member of the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, the South Dakota Council of Community Mental Health Centers and the South Dakota Council of Substance Abuse Directors, and served last year on the Governor's Employment Works Task Force.
District 32 includes downtown Rapid City and the area going south until Upper Spring Creek Road.