Mayor Scott J. Decker is a native of Dickinson, North Dakota, a graduate of Dickinson State University and the University of Oklahoma’s College of Law with a master’s in Natural Resources and Energy Law.
He served 21 years in the United States Army and in the North Dakota Army National Guard. He entered service in 1989 as an Infantryman and was initially stationed at Ft Benning, GA. He deployed in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and returned in 1991.
Upon his return he served as the Assistant Operations NCO for the Infantry Officer Basic Course. He then was assigned to Camp Hovey, South Korea from 1995-96. He returned to Ft. Benning and was selected as the lead tester and spokesman for the Land Warrior Project. He helped develop, design and test multiple modern pieces of field equipment and weapon systems for the United States Army.
Mr. Decker separated from the US Army in 1998 and returned to Dickinson. Upon his return to his hometown he joined the North Dakota Army National Guard and continued his education at DSU.
In July 2000 he was selected to become the full-time recruiter for the North Dakota Army National Guard Southwest Recruiting Station located in the Dickinson. He served as an AGR recruiter and station commander until his retirement in September 2010.
Scott went to work after his retirement in the Bakken Oilfield, first working as a Right-of-Way Agent for Diamond Resources and then later as a Safety Trainer for an oilfield safety company. He currently is the Compliance and Safety Officer for ND Pharmacy, INC.
Mr. Decker was first elected as a Dickinson City Commissioner in 2014 and was elected Dickinson City Mayor and President of the city commission in 2016. Scott is the recipient of the Order of St. Maurice for distinguished contribution and loyal support of the Infantry. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War and is also a member of the American Legion. Mr. Decker and his wife, Shelly, have two children, Jake who is a Pharmacist & pharmacy practices coordinator in Nashville, TN and Alaynea who is a Senior Firefighter for the city of Dickinson.