Dave Pfeifle returning for second stint as city attorney for Sioux Falls

Mayor Paul TenHaken's pick to replace Stacy Kooistra requires city council approval.

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Dave Pfeifle served as city attorney for Sioux Falls from 2010 to 2017.
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SIOUX FALLS — Mayor Paul TenHaken is reaching back to a former administration to find a new city attorney.

TenHaken announced Friday, March 10, that Dave Pfeifle will fill the position, pending city council approval at the regular meeting on March 21.

Pfeifle served as city attorney from 2010 to 2017 under Mayor Mike Huether.

“Bringing Dave back as the city attorney for Sioux Falls is a huge win for the office and the community,” TenHaken said in a statement announcing the appointment. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, leadership, and experience that will be vital to continue the work of the city attorney’s office and protect the City of Sioux Falls.”

Pfeifle is a Sioux Falls native who received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Dakota.


He most recently was the executive director of the South Dakota Public Assurance Alliance, which is a risk-sharing pool — a kind of public insurance system — for local governments.

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve again in this capacity. I will work diligently to prove myself worthy of the mayor’s and the city council’s confidence in me,” he said in the release.

Current City Attorney Stacy Kooistra recently accepted the job as the chief operating officer and general counsel for the Dakota State University-Applied Research Corporation.

Patrick Lalley is the engagement editor and reporter for Sioux Falls Live. Reach him at
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