Chief Justice David Gilbertson officially swore in Secretary of State Shantel Krebs to office Friday morning in the South Dakota Supreme Court Chamber at the State Capitol.

Krebs opted to take the official oath of office ahead of next weekend’s traditional inauguration events.

“We have a very aggressive package of election reform legislation,” Krebs said. “We want to take advantage of an extra week of preparation before the legislative session begins.”

Along with Secretary Krebs, Deputy Secretaries of State Teresa Bray, Tom Deadrick and Kea Warne also were sworn in this morning.

Shantel Krebs is South Dakota’s 28th Secretary of State. Her prior public service includes 10 years in the South Dakota legislature with three terms in the House and two in the Senate. A native of Arlington, South Dakota, Krebs now lives in Fort Pierre with her husband Mitch.