Engel chosen for Judicial Qualifications Commission

Jim Seward was legal counsel for Gov. Dennis Daugaard until his move a year ago to Black Hills Corp. in Rapid City.

Now Seward has been replaced on the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.

The new member is Timothy Engel of Fort Pierre. Engel is a lawyer in the May Adam firm.

The change occurred Jan. 31. Engel’s term runs until Jan. 31, 2022. The governor made the change.

Seward originally was appointed by the governor July 7, 2014, to replace Tom Dravland. Seward’s term was to run until June 30, 2018. Commission members are limited to no more than two terms.

One of the commission’s responsibilities is receiving applications for state judicial vacancies, screening the applicants and recommending at least two finalists to the governor for each vacancy.

The governor can choose from those finalists or request the commission provide a different set of finalists.