Minnehaha Co. State’s Attorney grants KELOLAND News exclusive interview on absence


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – Public officials are held to higher standards than private individuals when it comes to their actions and accountability. They can also expect less privacy.

You may have heard questions about Aaron McGowan being absent from his job as Minnehaha County State’s Attorney and wondered what was going on.

McGowan has been in office since 2008. In the middle of July, there was an incident at McGowan’s home that he says has been falsely reported and he wants to set the record straight.

“There was innuendo there that I was given special treatment and I wasn’t because they followed every policy and procedure like they would anyone else. Clearly there wasn’t a crime, arrest or anything of public record that they could share,” McGowan said.

The issue was the lack of any record of the 911 call to McGowan’s home and questions about a police cover-up and an attorney general investigation.

“There was not a mental breakdown. There was no threat. It was time for me to unplug and take care of myself. I still managed things at the office through my chief deputies,” McGowan said.

We uncover what the law says about the nature of that call and why it isn’t on the police log.

“I just wanted to set the record straight and get back to work and not have this be out there and people wondering,” McGowan said.

On Wednesday’s Eye on KELOLAND: “A Prosecutor’s Personal Trial,” McGowan opens up about why police made a visit to his home in July and his plans for the future.

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