About Us

Our History

The mid-1980s witnessed an increasingly volatile commercial insurance market for public entities seeking tort liability coverage. In many cases, coverage was unavailable or unaffordable. During the time of that crisis, the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance (SDPAA) was formed by the South Dakota Municipal League to be a stable, reliable partner for public entities. SDPAA began providing coverage in 1987 and has been committed to the mission of providing exceptional coverage and service to our Members ever since.

The Member-owned SDPAA helps protect municipalities, counties, townships, conservation districts, and special districts from liability and property loss exposures. We focus on stable pricing with the broadest coverages available.

Over 400 South Dakota local governmental entities currently participate in the SDPAA. If your entity is not among them, we encourage you to contact us to inquire how we may assist in protecting your entity’s assets.

Board of Directors

Message from the Chairperson...

“The South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance is pleased to continue to provide Members with competitive, quality coverage and effective services. The goal, since its inception in 1987, is to remain state-of-the-art in this complex industry. The confidence and support of its Members since 1987 has created a very viable partnership.”

The Members representing you on the SDPAA Board of Directors are:

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Brown County

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Vice Chairperson

Director of Administrative Services, City of Sturgis

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Secretary / Treasurer

Auditor, Harding County

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Mayor, City of Pierre

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Finance Director, City of Huron

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Finance Officer, City of Winner

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Director of Human Resources, City of Sioux Falls

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Deputy States Attorney/Commissioner's Assistant, Lawrence County

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City Administrator, City of Tea

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Executive Director, SDACC/SDACO

Ex-Officio Board Member

Interim Executive Director, SDML


Main Telephone: 800.658.3633 (Option 2) or 605.224.8654 (Option 2)
Email: sdpaa@sdmunicipalleague.org

Member Services Representative

Member Services Representative


Deputy Director / Underwriting

Deputy Director

Executive Director / Member Services

SDPAA Board Meeting

Financial & Board Meeting Information

Please check back for updated information regarding our upcoming Board of Directors Meeting.

Organization Chart

Click HERE for the current Organizational Chart and Contact information for your SDPAA Staff!