Jackson Schwandt has taken over as the new Grant County State’s Attorney. Schwandt, who graduated from MHS in 2006, also graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 2015. After law school, Schwandt and his family moved back to Milbank. His wife, Bre, was hired as a middle school special education teacher and Jackson began working with William Coester as an intern and later as Coester’s partner.
Now, Schwandt has entered a new phase in his career and says the biggest difference in his new role as opposed to private practice is the variety of cases, “In private practice I handled many different areas of law such as divorce and custody, property matters, estate planning, and others. Basically, I could be involved in any kind of legal problem, but as state’s attorney most of my work will be criminal prosecution and issues specifically affecting our county.”
Schwandt expects to be busy. He says, “The Grant County State’s Attorney historically handles several hundred cases each year, and I will still be in my private office a few days a week. But, I will be cutting back to make sure I have time to meet all the needs of my elected office.”
Plus, he says, “All of the cases that were pending before I took office are now on my plate to take to a conclusion. The former state’s attorney, Mark Reedstrom, is going to act as my deputy state’s attorney and guide me in the transition.” Kathy Strei will also continue working in the office as the state’s attorney’s secretary. Schwandt is looking forward to his four-year term and says, “It is an honor to serve as the Grant County State’s Attorney and I will carry out the tasks of my office to the best of my abilities.” He adds, “I want Grant County to remain the safe place it has been since I was growing up, and for Grant County to be a place I am comfortable raising my children.” The Schwandts have a daughter Kylynn, who is 10, and a son Bennett, who is 6.
Pictured Schwandt and Reedstrom