Paul Merriman of Pierre is South Dakota's new state fire marshal.
Public Safety secretary Trevor Jones announced the appointment on Friday.
Merriman has been serving as chief deputy fire marshal. He fills the position vacated when former fire marshal Al Christie retiredin November.
Jones says the 46-year-old Merriman has more than 20 years with the state Department of Public Safety and has extensive knowledgeof fire codes, fire training, inspection procedures andadministrative matters.
Merriman's appointment is effective Dec. 23.