February 1, 2023

Employment Opportunity: 911 Dispatcher

911 Dispatcher: Fall River County Sheriffs Office is accepting applications for a full time 911 Dispatchers. The starting wage: $18.50/hour uncertified or $20.50 – $21.50/hour certified (DOE) Shifts are day, evening and overnight, and include weekends and holidays. Benefits include paid health, vision and dental insurance; vacation, sick and personal leave and South Dakota State Retirement.

The position involves substantial public contact, receiving incoming radio and phone calls, and entering information into the computer aided dispatch system.  Individuals must be able to multi task with accurate typing (35 words per minute) and computer skills. This facility handles multiple calls from different agencies which will need dispatched out simultaneously. Applicant must be able to remain calm and maintain composure and treat people with respect even under pressure in stressful situations. Individual must possess the ability to consistently think clearly; act quickly; and calmly in a wide variety of situations.

The position requires SD State Certification for radio dispatching. The training, completed in Pierre, SD will be provided to successful applicants.  Position requires a medical physical (UA and hearing test), fingerprinting and background check. Submit application (see law enforcement application below) to Fall River County Sheriff’s office, 906 N. River St. Hot Springs, SD. Open until filled. [Full Position Description]


See employment page for law enforcement application.


Employment Opportunity: Sheriff’s Deputy

The Fall River County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a county deputy. Candidates must be able to think and act quickly under pressure; remain calm in stressful situations; demonstrate ethical behavior; pass a background and drug test; be physically able to perform job functions.

Starting wage is $21.50/hour uncertified or $23.50-$24.50/hour certified DOE. Training and certification provided and required for continued employment.  Shifts may vary and may include weekend, overnight and holiday hours.  Benefits include paid health & dental insurance; vacation, holiday, and sick leave; and South Dakota Retirement. Submit Law Enforcement Applications to the Sheriff’s Office, 906 N. River St., Hot Springs, SD. Position open until filled.


See employment page for application

2023 License Plate announcement

Starting January 1, 2023, the State of South Dakota will be issuing a new plate design for non-commercial and emblem plates with the titling of motor vehicles and registration renewals.
The reissue will include standard non-commercial, motorcycle, emblem, emblem motorcycle, personalized, personalized motorcycle, amateur radio, and low speed plates.
License plates will continue to be made at Pheasantland Industries located in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Individuals are able to renew their license plates 90 days before their expiration date but only those individuals who renew after January 1 will receive the new license plate designs.
Renewals can be completed online through the MySDCars portal at https://mysdcars.sd.gov , at any DMV Now Kiosk, in person at the applicant’s county treasurer’s office, or by mail through their county office (you must provide $5.00 postage for each set of license plates). There are 21 DMV Now Kiosk located across the state, find a convenient location at https://sddmvnowkiosk.com/ . Individuals who use the online system or a kiosk will have their license plates mailed directly to them.

The Fall River County & Oglala Lakota County Treasurer’s Office wishes to remind those renewing online or at the DMV Now Kiosk their new plates and registration with the decals will be mailed out in the same envelope by the State of South Dakota and could take up to 10 days from the date of purchase. The envelopes used by the State have a smaller pocket in the front where you will find your registration with the decals.

The replacement cost for decals is $10.00 if you do not retrieve them out of the smaller pocket in the envelope before disposing of it.
For questions, please call the Treasurer’s Office at (605) 745-5145 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. MST.

Property Taxes

     It is that time of year again – Property Taxes are due by October 31, 2022. We offer several ways to pay either by phone, mail, drop box or in person. A few reminders, if you do not want to stand in line at the office we do offer a drop box in the parking lot next to the Sheriff’s Office & one right next to our office window inside the Courthouse (both are secure and checked a few times daily). If paying by phone there is an additional credit/debit card fee. If mailing a payment it must be postmarked Oct 31st or before to avoid any late fees.

Summer Reassessment – Week 5

Week of August 1st: Assessors will be finishing up their work along Fall River Rd from the Eagle Rock intersection to the Scenic Road intersection.  Buena Vista Road, Hill Side Road, Buffalo Grass Road, Garden Drive, and the north section of Brook Drive should be finished this week.

Map of reassessment area for the week of August 1st 2022.

Why my property?  Fall River County implemented a 7-year rotation after the county-wide reassessment was completed.  This ensures that every property is physically visited by an assessor at least once every 7 years.  Your neighborhood is one of those scheduled to be visited this year.

What is reassessment?    Reassessment is when the assessor comes to your property to check for any changes, whether improvements or deterioration of buildings.  They will take new exterior photos and walk around the outside of your buildings.  If you are present they may ask you questions about the interior of the building, if you are not present they will leave a doorhanger with contact information so they can converse with you about the property later via phone or email.

What about the COVID-19 pandemic?  The assessor’s work does not require personal contact. They will remain outside and observe proper distancing. Employees will not enter a home unless invited by the owner and can wear face masks while inside upon request.

When exactly will you be at my property?  We will be posting on our website which streets are being assessed each week, you can check there for updates.

Why don’t you make appointments? The short answer: it takes less time for our assessors to start at one end of the street and do each property than it does to jump from property to property based on appointments.  As we are paid by tax dollars, we consider it most important that we perform this job in a time efficient manner.   The door-to-door method has proven to be three times more efficient than making appointments.

Who is coming? Our assessors will have county identification badges and will be driving a county vehicle. If you are suspicious that someone is falsely claiming to be an assessor, please call our office at 605-745-5136 or Fall River County Dispatch at 605-745-5155.

See Summer Reassessment page for maps of Summer 2022 reassessment area.

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