Letter From Yankton City Attorney Ross Den Herder to Yankton County Commissioner Gary Swenson

August 12, 2019

Commissioner Gary R. Swensen

1408 Sunrise Dr.

Yankton, SD 57078

Re: City Hall Ban

Dear Commissioner Swensen,

As you know, I am Yankton’s City Attorney, and I represent the City of Yankton and its elected Commission. In this capacity, I have been directed to inform you in writing that consistent with the directive of Mayor Nathan Johnson at the Yankton County Commission budget meeting on Tuesday, August 6, you are not permitted to enter Yankton City HaIl (416 Walnut Street).

This decision is effective for a period of one year’s time ending August 1, 2020. This decision is based on the following reasons:

(1) Your recent social media postings perceived as threatening to City staff and its elected officials;

(2) Past inappropriate behavior and statements that you made in City Hall; and

(3) Past Interactions with City staff and officials that have been reported to the City Manager as having made City staff uncomfortable.

Should you desire to communicate with the City of Yankton personally or in your capacity as Commissioner, you are directed to communicate by phone or provide communication in writing via email, or by mail correspondence.

If you have any questions regarding this letter, please feel free to contact me at  (605) 665-0494 or via email at rossdenherder@dhlaw.co.


Ross Den Herder

Yankton City Attorney