Nov. 6, 2018: Denny Kaemingk announced on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, that he plans to retire on Jan. 5, 2019, as the South Dakota Secretary of Corrections. Kaemingk has held the position since 2011. He previously worked in law enforcement and criminal justice for thirty-three years. Kaemingk’s law enforcement career started in 1976 as a Patrolman at the Mitchell Police Department. He later advanced to Drug Investigator, Detective, Special Investigator for the Attorney General’s Office, and Captain of Detectives, before he retired from the Police Department in 2000. From 2002 to 2011, he worked at the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and he had just started his fourth year as Chairman, when he was appointed as the Corrections Secretary.