Judge Bobbi Rank chosen to lead South Dakota Sixth Circuit

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PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Judge Bobbi Rank will be the new presiding circuit judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson said Friday.

Gilbertson made the appointment Friday morning. He said Judge Rank, who currently is based in Winner, will assume duties upon the June 8 retirement of Circuit Judge John Brown, who currently is the circuit’s presiding judge and is based at the Hughes County Courthouse in Pierre.

The Sixth Circuit covers Potter, Sully, Hughes, Hyde, Stanley, Haakon, Jackson, Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Bennett, Todd, Tripp and Gregory counties.

The circuit’s other judges currently are Patricia DeVaney of Pierre, whom Governor Kristi Noem appointed on Thursday to the South Dakota Supreme Court, and Judge-Designate Christina Klinger of Pierre, who succeeds retiring Judge Mark Barnett next Friday.

Governor Dennis Daugaard appointed Judge Rank in October 2016.

According to the news release at the time of her appointment to the bench: “For the past five years, Rank has served as general counsel to the South Dakota Department of Education.

“Prior to that, she served for eight years as an assistant attorney general in the offices of Attorneys General Larry Long and Marty Jackley. Rank also spent three years in private practice at May, Adam, Gerdes & Thompson in Pierre, and was a law clerk for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.”

She grew up on a ranch outside Winner and graduated from Winner High School. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota and her law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

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