- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - After overseeing roughly $300 million in construction projects that transformed Deadwood since legalized gaming was introduced, the city’s building inspector is retiring.

The 67-year-old Keith Umenthum is putting down his clipboard after 25 years of service. The Rapid City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1ynoV3Y ) Umenthum took on the job in February 1990 just months after Deadwood became the third locale in the U.S. to offer legalized gaming.

Umenthum says that the biggest challenge he faced at that time was “ensuring people didn’t tear down historic buildings.” A quarter century later, he says, his biggest success has been the city’s historic preservation.

City officials have hired Umenthum’s replacement. Deadwood resident Trent Mohr will take over the building inspector duties Jan. 12.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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