Saturday November 27, 2021
Hours 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday - Friday


Vehicle Renewals with last name ending in  T/U/V/W/X/Y/Z are due by Nov 30th.

Davison Co Courthouse, which includes State and County Offices, will be CLOSED on Thursday,  November 25th, 2021 and  Friday November 26th, 2021 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Emergency Management



The Davison County Office of Emergency Management’s mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment through direction and coordination of state and local government; through the Preparation, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery from damages sustained by emergency or disaster events.

Emergency Management


Jeff Bathke


Phone: (605) 995-8640 or (605) 995-8615

Mailing Address:

Davison County Courthouse




Administrator: Jeff Bathke

Office: (605) 995-8640 or

(605) 995-8615

Office Location: Davison County Courthouse, 1st Floor


Cell: (605) 999-2863

Deputy Administrator: Karen Wegleitner

Office: (605) 995-8640 or

(605) 995-8615

Office Location: Davison County Courthouse, 1st Floor


Cell: (605) 299-6059

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Jeff Bathke has served as the Davison County Emergency Management Director since October, 2013. Jeff is a graduate of Plankinton High School and the University of South Dakota. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Administration, with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Jeff’s past experience includes 17 years working in counseling programs, Department of Corrections facilities, and Private Research. Jeff is also a licensed counselor in the state of South Dakota.

Current & Upcoming Events:​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • December 3, 2021               Mitchell Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • December 4, 2021               Mt. Vernon & Ethan Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • December 5, 2021               Search & Rescue Meeting @ 6:30 P.M.
  • January 1, 2022                  Mt. Vernon and Ethan Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • January 7, 2022                   Mitchell Siren Testing @ 10:00 A.M.
  • January 9, 2022                  Search & Rescue Meeting @ 6:30 P.M.
  • January 12, 2022                LEPC Meeting @ 10:30 A.M



The Davison County Office of Emergency Management involves principles and concepts, such as organization and planning applied to emergency and disaster situations. These include the four phases of Emergency Management:

  • Mitigation-The reduction or lessening of the effects of emergencies and disasters.
  • Preparedness-Getting ready for those events that may and will happen.
  • Response-Effectively responding to those events as a jurisdiction.
  • Recovery-Repairing and replacing damages to pre-incident conditions.

BURN BAN INFORMATION: There is currently no burn ban in Davison County. To see how this is determined, click on the below links:
Burn Ban Point System-3 AUG 21
Burn Ban Summary Process-3 AUG 2021

If a ban is enacted, the following would apply:
Davison County would impose a ban to prohibit or restrict open burning and that the use of all fireworks, except for fire department approved private or public displays complete with fire suppression standby services, be prohibited in order to protect the public health and safety pursuant the Regulation of Open Burning During Fire Danger Emergencies Ordinance.

“Open burning” shall be defined as any outdoor fire, including but not limited to campfires, warning fires, charcoal grill fires, or the prescribed burning of fence rows, fields, wild lands, trash and debris. This resolution excludes fires contained within liquid-fueled or gas fueled stoves, fireplaces within all buildings, charcoal grill fires at private residences, and fire pits or fire grates located at private residences or on supervised developed picnic grounds and campgrounds.

Learn more about Coronavirus, click Here

Flood Damage to residence or business? Click Here

Disaster Process for County, City, and Townships Officials, click Here

2019 Flood Damage  Presentation @ EM Presentation-12-5-19

You can also monitor the flood gages in the area. For three miles south of Mitchell, click here.
For fifteen miles north of Mitchell, click here.

Area Road Closures:

  • 394th Avenue between 248th and 249th Street-construction ongoing.
  • 397th Avenue between 258th and 259th Street is open as of November 5th.
  • 267th Street between 410th and 411th Avenue-water over road, vehicles are driving through. The road will be repaired soon when it dries up.

Get up to date weather information @

SEVERE WEATHER: The 2021 Severe Weather Spotter Training in person has been cancelled. If you would like to learn more about severe weather spotting, check out these links:
Spotter Reference Sheet
Weather Spotters Field Guide

Outdoor Warning Siren locations can be found @ Siren Photos-Descriptions. Information for Mitchell, Ethan, and Mt. Vernon can be found here.

The Davison County Office of Emergency Management works closely with the 911 Dispatch. Outdoor Warning Sirens will sound ONLY for the following Severe Weather: 1. Tornado Warnings issued by the National Weather Service. 2. Cloud rotation observed by a trained weather spotter. 3. An actual tornado observed by a trained weather spotter. NOTE: Outdoor Warning Sirens are NOT intended to be heard indoors. Sirens are NOT activated for Severe Thunderstorms.

If the sirens are sounded in your community, the respective shelter will be opened:
Mitchell-Davison County Courthouse.
Mt. Vernon-Downtown Gym on First & Main.
Ethan-Ethan Public School.

Severe Weather Awareness Week was April 19-23rd  in 2021, with a test tornado drill held on the 21st @ 10:15 AM. The Office of Emergency Management has distributed Winter Storm, Tornado Alert, Rising Water, and Fire Prevention books, narrated by Tommy the Turtle to all 2nd grade classrooms in the county. All books can be found here.

Emergency Management Links & Documents, click here.

Yearly Reports:

Major Programs:

Davison County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), click here

James Valley Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team click here.

Davison County Search & Rescue Team (located @ the Highway Shop), click here.


Contact Us

emailDavison County
200 East Fourth Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301

Telephone: (605) 995-8615 or (605) 995-8640
Jeff Bathke
Cell: (605) 999-2863

Karen Wegleitner
Cell: (605) 299-6059

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