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Keith T. Carlyle
Keith T. Carlyle

Keith T. Carlyle

Born:  January 1, 1949

Died:  Living

Mayoral Dates:  1987-1991

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Keith Carlyle has been a resident of Rapid City since 1968.  He was a member of the city council from 1982-1984, elected mayor in 1987 and re-elected in 1989.  He received a Masters of Public Administration Degree at Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Dakota.  He attended Marine Corp Officer Candidate School.  He owned The Furniture Revival Store, a furniture repair and refurbishing business.  Today, he is a realtor for Lewis, Kirkeby and Hall.

Biography

Keith T. Carlyle was born January 1, 1949, in Omaha, Nebraska.  He graduated from Community High School in Denison, Iowa, received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Dakota and a Masters of Public Administration at Northern Colorado.  He attended Marine Corp Officer Candidate School.  He moved to Rapid City in 1968 and later married Pamala Coleman.  They had two children, Justin and Kimbra.   From 1973-1976, he was a senior planning coordinator for the Black Hills Council of Local Governments; employed briefly as an advertising salesman for KEVN; taught business courses at National College from 1977-87; and was owner and manager of Furniture Revival, a furniture restoration and antique business. 

He was a member of the City Council from 1982-1984, elected mayor in 1987 and re-elected in 1989.  As mayor, he was sometimes controversial but widely acknowledged as a hard-working administrator who would take on tough issues.  During his first term in office, the city approved a half-cent sales tax with proceeds directed to improving streets, parks and drainage.  He promoted the idea of home rule to achieve government efficiency and an automated garbage collection proposal to hold down costs.  His administration began a program to drill new city wells to lessen the city's reliance on Pactola Reservoir. 

His community involvement included president of the Rapid City Boys Club, the Salvation Army and the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Today, he is a realtor for Lewis, Kirkeby and Hall.  

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