South Dakota Public Safety announces new program director

South Dakota Public Safety announces new program director South Dakota Public Safety Secretary Tom Dravland has announced that David Pfahler of Pierre has assumed the role of Weights and Measures and State Inspections director.

"We're excited to have Dave join our Public Safety team," said Dravland. "He brings years of experience in environmental science and management, and I am confident that he will ensure the public is well protected through a quality inspection program."

The Weights and Measures program director is responsible for overseeing the accuracy of all commercial weighing and measuring equipment in South Dakota, including gas pumps, scales, fuel meters, LPG meters and large capacity scales.

The State Inspections program director is responsible for overseeing 22 inspectors located throughout the state who are responsible for inspection of the following departments: agriculture, public safety, education, health, lottery and social services.

"Working with Public Safety will be an exciting new challenge," said Pfahler, "and I'm anxious to use my past experience in this position. As a trained scientist, I fully understand the need for accuracy, precision and calibration of weighing and measuring devices. I look forward to working with other state departments and inspectors."

Pfahler received a bachelor's degree in zoology and in naval science and a master's degree in environmental science from Miami University, Ohio. He was most recently employed as senior environmental scientist for American Engineering Testing, Inc. of Pierre. Prior to that, he served as technical services supervisor/project manager for Environmental Technologies, Inc. from 1994-2000, and for Special Resource Management, Inc. from 1988-1994.

He is a member of the South Dakota Association of Environmental Professionals and a retired Commander of the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program.

For more information about the state programs, visit and click on Weights and Measures or State Inspection.

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