Sturgis referendum to elect city manager comes to a close

Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 8:59 AM CDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Sturgis will be getting a new city manager soon. The 20-day referendum for a petition expired on Monday with no petitions meeting the 254 signature requirement.

This comes at the end of a long effort by some concerned citizens to force an election for the position with a resolution. The resolution proposed would have formed a council to determine whether the city will continue to use a city manager or change to a system with a strong mayor presence and a city administrator.

With this referendum ending, it allows the typical process of recruiting city managers to go back to the Sturgis Administrative Services.