Pennington County Commission has questions for one of its own

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) -- It looks like Pennington County Commissioner George Ferebee will face some tough questions at Tuesday's Pennington County Commission meeting.

Commission chair Lloyd LaCroix has put an item on the agenda to question the "conduct of Commissioner George Ferebee" amid a "question of vacancy of office."

Ferebee has been largely absent the last couple of commission meetings and then there's the matter of his residence. State law reads that if "any commissioner moves from the district to which such person was elected ... the office shall be declared vacant."

Ferebee represents District 1 on the Pennington County Commission and does so from his Hill City home. But on Aug. 4 Ferebee signed a voter registration card that lists his address at 705 South Street in Rapid City. He subsequently changed voter registration back to his Hill City address but Lacroix wants some answers.

"My whole thing is to ask Mr. Ferebee -- in the spirit of transparency -- does he plan on completing his seat as commissioner?," LaCroix said. "The last few meetings he's came, left, come back, not showed up. So my intentions is to address that."

Calls placed to Ferebee Friday were not returned by this posting.