PIERRE – Governor-elect Kristi Noem has announced a targeted talent search for seven key cabinet posts: Secretary of Education, Secretary of Agriculture, Commissioner of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, Secretary of Social Services, Secretary of Human Services, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and Secretary of Tribal Relations.
“This isn’t politics as usual; this isn’t the status quo,” said Noem. “I’m looking for people who aren’t afraid to innovate and work hard to accomplish real results for South Dakota.”
Those wishing to be considered for the cabinet, or to offer nominations, should apply on Noem’s transition website.
Additionally, Noem announced cabinet appointments, which she will make upon taking office January 5.
Secretary of Public Safety - Craig Price, who has served in law enforcement for 21 years and has been superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol since 2011.
Secretary of Transportation - Darin Bergquist, who has served as secretary since 2008. Bergquist joined the department in 1998 after working in the Bureau of Administration.
Secretary of Revenue - Jim Terwilliger, who is the state economist and the deputy commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management. He has been with BFM since 2006.
Secretary of Tourism - Jim Hagen, who has served as secretary since 2011, and previously served as Secretary of Tourism and State Development.
Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks - Kelly Hepler, who joined GFP as secretary in 2015, following a career in leadership roles in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Secretary of Labor and Regulation - Marcia Hultman, who has served as secretary since 2014. She previously served as deputy secretary and has served in the department since 1997.
Secretary of Health - Kim Malsam-Rysdon, who has served as secretary since 2014. She previously served as Secretary of Social Services and in leadership roles in the Department of Social Services and the Department of Human Services.
Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources - Steve Pirner, who was first appointed as secretary in 2000. He has been with the Department of Environment and National Resources since 1979.
Commissioner of the Bureau of Administration - Scott Bollinger, who has been commissioner since 2017. Having served in state government for over 35 years, he has experience in the Bureau of Finance and Management and the Department of Corrections.
Commissioner of the Bureau of Human Resources - Laurie Gill, who has led BHR since 2013. She previously served as Secretary of Human Services and has held leadership roles in the Department of Health. Additionally, Gill served nine years as the mayor of Pierre.
Two Interim cabinet appointees will serve until a search for their positions is conducted following the 2019 Legislative Session. So far, one is interim Commissioner of the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications - Pat Snow, currently serving as BIT’s chief technology officer and director of telecommunications, Snow has served as interim commissioner since earlier this year. The other is interim Secretary of Corrections - Laurie Feiler, currently serving as the department’s deputy secretary, Feiler has been with the department since 1984.