PIERRE, S.D. -

A key adviser to Gov. Dennis Daugaard who serves as his general counsel is leaving his position for the private sector.

The governor's office said Thursday that Jim Seward will depart in the fall. He has served as general counsel since Daugaard took office in 2011.

Seward helped lead the state's ambitious criminal justice system overhaul, which is aimed at boosting rehabilitation rates and reducing corrections spending, with an increased focus on violent and career criminals.

Daugaard says Seward has been a valued member of his executive committee, a trusted adviser and a good friend.

Before joining the governor's office, Seward was an attorney in Spearfish and served as the Butte County state's attorney.

His last day will be Oct. 31. Seward is joining Rapid City-based Black Hills Corp.