South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (SDPAA) has named Dave Pfeifle as its new Executive Director.
Pfeifle earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota, and his Juris Doctor from USD law school. He served as a judicial clerk for the South Dakota Supreme Court, then engaged in private practice of law for 15 years, focusing primarily on insurance defense litigation. Many of his clients were members of SDPAA. He also served as an assistant city attorney for the City of Pierre, Deputy State's Attorney for Stanley County, and as a public defender for Lincoln County. Until recently, he was the city attorney for Sioux Falls.
Pfeifle replaces Judy Payne, who will retire from SDPAA in early January, 2018, culminating a 36-year career in public service, including 23 years in risk management and public entity pooling.
Pfeifle started in the new position Nov. 6.