RC CFO retires after 15 years of service

City Finance Director Pauline Sumption

RAPID CITY, SD — Rapid City chief financial officer Pauline Sumption announced Thursday that she will retire after 15 years of service.

Sumption will retire effective Sept. 22, concluding a career in municipal government spanning the past 23 years, to become the chief financial officer of Dream Design International, Inc. of Rapid City.

“After 23 years in city government, it’s time for me to ‘live in discomfort,’ as I call it, so I can grow both personally and professionally,” Sumption said. “It has been a pleasure and I have made lifelong friends through the work I have done here and the time I have spent here. Working in municipal government is a way to give back to your community and in my new role I will continue to give back to the community as Dream Design is heavily invested in the growth of the community and region through the development of many projects . ”

She was hired by Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw in 2007 as deputy chief financial officer, but eventually became the city’s chief financial officer in 2010, overseeing the department during the city administrations of Alan Hanks, Sam Kooiker and Steve Allender. His department oversees the budgets of 12 departments, two more than when he started in 2007.

Mayor Allender shared his appreciation for Sumption’s work, saying, “Pauline has dedicated her professional life to serving the public, first to the people of Sturgis and, over the past 15 years, to the people of Rapid City. Pauline has risen to the challenges of being the CFO of South Dakota’s second largest city in an impressive manner. She approached her service to our community and its citizens every day with dedication, commitment and the highest degree of professionalism – keeping a critical eye on the finances, budget and general financial well-being of the city. Given her abilities and dedication, it’s no surprise that she was recognized this year as South Dakota’s Finance Officer of the Year by the South Dakota Government Finance Officers Association. I appreciated his dedication, his advice, his team spirit and commitment and his friendship. I am grateful and thankful for his service and wish him all the best.

Mayor Allender says the city’s options could include appointing an interim chief financial officer while engaging in a detailed process to fill the chief financial officer position.

Anyone interested in the position can visit rcgov.org or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.