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The City of Lead is governed by a city administrator, elected mayor and city commission.
The City of Lead is governed by a city administrator, elected mayor and city commission.
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Lead - Government & Citizenship

City Government

The City of Lead has a city administrator/city commission form of government. It elects its mayor and commissioners for three-year terms and its city commission meets at 5 p.m. the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month in Lead City Hall. To reach city hall, call (605) 584-1401. 

Meeting agendas are available online. Meeting minutes are also posted on the city's website.

Members of the commission are:

Mayor Ron Everett Phone: 605-722-1515 Email: [email protected]

Public Safety Commissioner Dave Vardiman Phone: 605-584-9921 Email: [email protected]

Public Buildings and Grounds Commissioner Chuck King Phone: 605-717-5706 Email: [email protected]

Streets and Utilities Commissioner Matt Klein Phone: 605-920-1341 Email: [email protected]

Finance Commissioner Denise Parker Phone:605-717-6386 Email: [email protected]

The Lead City Hall is located at 801 West Main Street. City departments for Police, Historic Preservation, Archives, Building Inspection, Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recreation and Public Buildings are located in or adjacent to city hall. 

Comprehensive Plan

The Lead Comprehensive Plan was developed in 2004. It articulates a long range vision for the community, addresses physical planning issues, identifies key goals and issues and serves as a guide to city staff and local economic development entities. As with any plan, the Lead Comprehensive Plan has received updates acknowledging recent developments to stay current and productive. 


The City of Lead’s Budget is $4,422,042 for the 2017 financial year as stated by the Finance Officer. For more information on the budget and other city finance initiatives call (605) 584-1401.


Lawrence County administers state and federal elections in the City of Lead. For the city's voting history, visit Lawrence County's Voter Information website. The site also provides information on how to register to vote and a map of voting precincts in the county.

The Sanford Lab Homestake Mine Visitor Center is the current polling location for Lead residents. 

The residents of the city of Lead account for some precincts within Lawrence County. If you’re interested in viewing the results or voter turnout of recent elections, follow each link respectively.

More Information

Lawrence County is the home of the Black Hills Pioneer, a daily published newspaper. Established in 1876. This paper is the oldest business in West River South Dakota and the only locally owned newspaper in the territory. The Pioneer serves Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood and Whitewood in Lawrence County as well as Meade and Butte County.

The Rapid City Journal, a daily published newspaper based out of Rapid City, also provides printed news for Lead. The Rapid City Journal began on January 5, 1878, as the Black Hills Journal. The Journal is the daily newspaper of Rapid City.

Lead receives its televised news from KOTA and KEVN out of Rapid City.

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