Allender sworn in as new mayor of Rapid City

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It was a big day for the City of Rapid City as one man left the mayor's office and another stepped into it.

There was a lot to be discussed at the Rapid City Council Monday evening, but first the transition from old to new took place.

The now former mayor, Sam Kooiker, said his farewell to the Rapid City Council with a heartwarming speech Monday evening.

Kooiker says, "I look forward to the next phase in this adventure called life. Whatever my future holds, our three daughters did insist on holding onto the three campaign signs because they make fantastic winter sleds. Rapid City is a great place to work, play, and raise a family. I love Rapid City and the people in it, and it has been an honor serving you."

Kooiker served in city government beginning in 2001, when former mayor Jerry Munson appointed him to the planning commission.
He was later elected to the council, and then to the mayor's seat four years ago.
Following Kooiker's speech, new Mayor Steve Allender proudly took the Oath of Office and made a statement regarding the people of Rapid City.

Allender says, "The people sitting right in this room and watching on television, that's where the power is...that's where I intend to keep it. I know Mayor Kooiker has done that in his time, and I will swear to do that during mine as well."

It was after a short recess that Allender's official term as mayor began.
The Rapid City Council also elected their President, Brad Estes of Ward 5 and Vice President, Chad Lewis of Ward 3.