South Dakota sheriff to head state's sobriety program

PARKER, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota sheriff will now lead the state's sobriety program.

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports that South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley recently appointed Turner County Sheriff Byron Nogelmeier to the position.

The 24/7 Sobriety Program for South Dakota tests offenders daily for drug and alcohol use to ensure compliance with court orders.

The program works with almost 70 participating agencies.

Nogelmeier has worked with the program in his county since it began in 2005.

He says offenders pay for the different testing methods the program utilizes, such as $1 a day for a breathalyzer to $40 for a drug patch.

Nogelmeier will begin the coordinator position April 1.

He'll remain stationed in Parker and will travel around the state as needed in his new role.

Information from: Yankton Press and Dakotan,

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