The state Water Commission has hired Garland Erbele of Pierre, South Dakota as the new state engineer.
Erbele is a native of Lehr, North Dakota. He worked for the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources for 35 years, and from 2003 to 2013 served as the agency’s chief engineer for the Water Rights Program. Since 2013, he has worked for Wenck Associates, an engineering and environmental consulting company.
Erbele replaces Todd Sando, who announced his retirement in March.