SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced Monday he will be stepping down at the end of the week.
Parsons’ resignation as the chief law enforcement officer for the District of South Dakota was expected and comes with part of the regular transition of appointed officials when a new President takes office.
Parsons was nominated by President Donald Trump in September 2017 and started serving in his position in January 2018 following confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Parsons plans to return to private practice in Sioux Falls.
First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Criminal Chief Dennis Holmes will serve as acting U.S. Attorney for South Dakota after Parsons leaves.
Last week, Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin sent KELOLAND News a release about listening “to potential opportunities to serve.”
Here is the full statement sent to KELOLAND News on Feb. 16.
“The work I undertake each day at Augustana along with my enormously talented colleagues is energizing, rewarding, inspiring, and important. The students we serve today are the servant leaders of tomorrow, and we encourage them to discern their callings and purpose, not just during their time on campus but throughout their lifetimes. I have that same ongoing obligation to pause and respectfully listen to potential opportunities to serve that are placed before me. That said, being the president of Augustana University is a calling of tremendous and rewarding responsibility that brings me joy each day, and I am fully committed to the university and working to provide an education of enduring worth to each student that comes through our doors.”