Steve Harding was elected Mayor of Pierre in 2017 and was re-elected to the position in both 2020 and 2023.
Prior to be elected Mayor, Harding served as a Pierre City Commissioner for nine years. During that time, he served as the Commission President and chaired the commission meetings in absence of the Mayor. Throughout his nine years as a commissioner, Harding also served as the commission liaison to every city department, and served on the board of the South Dakota Enhancement District, the South Dakota Discovery Center, Pierre Economic Development Corporation, the Expo Center and River Cities Transit.
Before retiring in 2021, Mayor Harding served as Deputy Secretary of the South Dakota Department of the Military. Harding also worked in the Governor’s Office Economic Development and owned Harding Motor Company.
Harding was born and raised in Pierre. He holds a degree from Black Hills State University and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Following 34 years of service, Harding retired from the South Dakota Army National Guard as a Colonel.