Brenner moving to Texas

Outgoing Pennington County State’s Attorney Glenn Brenner, who lost a bid for his fifth term in office in the June primary and was just exonerated by a jury in a high-profile and embarrassing trial about whether he stole another man’s wife, is leaving South Dakota.

Brenner told members of the state Open Meetings Commission, on which he serves, that he’s moving to Dallas to work for a law firm there.

"I’m moving to Texas. That’s the next chapter in my life," Brenner said.

Monday’s Open Meetings Commission meeting, held by teleconference because of bad weather, was Brenner’s last on the commission.

After 16 years as Pennington County’s top prosecutor, Brenner will now be doing probate law — work with wills and inheritances.

"It’s quite different from what I’ve ever done, but it’s a great opportunity," Brenner said.

In his final comments, Brenner suggested Meade County State’s Attorney Kevin Krull would make a good replacement for him on the Open Meetings Commission, if Attorney General Marty Jackley wants to pick a West River prosecutor for the spot.

The Open Meetings Commission is made up of five state’s attorneys, and hears complaints about violations of open meetings law.

The other four members of the commission said Brenner was welcome to personally recommend that Jackley appoint Krull to the position, but said they felt it was inappropriate for the commission itself to formally make any recommendations about its membership.