Box Elder’s new mayor and city council members will take office tonight.

At the city council meeting, Ward 3 Alderman William Griffiths will be sworn in as the new mayor of the city along with three new council members Scott Allen, Kelly Foster and Mark Coatney, according to the council agenda.

Griffiths narrowly defeated Mayor Al Dial, Allen beat Ward 1 Alderman Jane Maine and Foster defeated Ward 2 Alderman Barb Frerichs in the April 10 municipal election, according to the official vote canvass. Coatney ran unopposed for Al Labine’s Ward 3 council seat.

The council also will consider replacements for Griffith’s vacant council seat during Tuesday’s meeting, according to the agenda. Under a state statute, the city council must appoint a replacement, and the new alderman must be from Ward 3.

The new council also will elect a council president and vice president, according to the agenda.

In other business:

  • The city council will discuss and agreement to rent the current Box Elder Police Department building at 504 N. Ellsworth Road to the South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority.
  • The council will vote to certify the April 26 recount of the mayoral election, which confirmed Ward 3 Alderman William Griffiths as the winner.
  • The council will decide whether to authorize the advertisement of bids for the Legion Boulevard and Briggs Street Project, which is expected to improve the traffic flow past the elementary schools and direct it to the future retail development along North Ellsworth Road, according to Mike McMahon, planning coordinator for the city.

Contact Holly Meyer at 394-8421 or

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