- Associated Press - Friday, April 27, 2018

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota’s Department of Social Services has named a new head administrator for the state-run mental health hospital in Yankton.

Ken Cole currently is operations director for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Mental Health Program in Colorado. He has led projects for state psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies.

Cole is to begin his new duties May 29. He succeeds Troy Jones, who resigned last summer citing personal reasons. The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reports Jones died March 6 in New Mexico after a battle with cancer.

The center has struggled with turnover and staff shortages. Cole will be the facility’s fourth administrator since 2011.


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