Brugman retiring today after more than 46 years in Codington County Auditor’s Office (Audio)

March 3, 2023
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–A career that began more than 46 years ago comes to an end for Cindy Brugman today.

The Codington County Auditor, who began her career in the auditor’s office as a part-time employee on January 1, 1977, retires today.

When Brugman started at the courthouse, everything in the auditor’s office was done by hand. In other words, zero computer technology…

One of the many responsibilities as a county auditor is to oversee elections. Brugman came on board when punch ballots were used in Codington County, which was slightly faster than the previous hand-counting of ballots that was done…

Now optical scanners are used to count ballots much more quickly.

Brugman says there’s one election night she’ll always remember…

But in Brugman’s words, “we got through it.”

Governor Noem has proclaimed today Cindy Brugman Day in South Dakota.

Former Codington County Commission Chairwoman Brenda Hanten replaces Brugman on Monday.

Brugman says she’ll stay on as a consultant for the auditor’s office, to help answer any questions people might have.

She says her retirement plans include an upcoming family trip to Hawaii.

An open house retirement get-together will be held at the Codington County Courthouse today (Friday) from 2-4 p.m. and it’s open to the public.

Hear KWAT’s full interview with Cindy Brugman by clicking here: