South Dakota county finalizes plans for sheriff's certification revocation

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Deputy Brian Bard will be appointed and serve as temporary, interim sheriff in Marshall County as soon as Dale Elsen's law enforcement certification is formally revoked.

That's according to Marshall County Auditor Megan Biel, who said a resolution was passed during the commission's meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Britton.

Elsen, who began as sheriff in January 1983, appeared before the South Dakota Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Training Commission Thursday in Pierre. The commission unanimously decided to revoke Elsen's certification for conduct “unbecoming of a law enforcement officer.”

Elsen admitted to seven claims of sexual harassment made by other Marshall County employees.

He is not charged with any crimes.

The Marshall County Commission's resolution notes that Bard will become the acting sheriff effective immediately upon Elsen's certification revocation, and will serve as sheriff until Marshall County can advertise and interview for or appoint a replacement, Biel said.