New Governor Plans To Fully Staff Her Office

Capitol News Bureau
KELO Gov. Kristi Noem

Governor Kristi Noem plans to fill all the positions budgeted for the South Dakota governor’s office.

That’s what her fiscal officer, Travis Dovre, told the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations during a budget hearing Wednesday.

Dovre said the previous governor, Dennis Daugaard, gradually left some positions go without replacements as people moved to different jobs toward the end of his administration.

Noem took the oath of office Saturday.

Daugaard recommended in December the governor’s office continue to be budgeted for the coming fiscal year at the same levels: 21,5 full-time equivalents and nearly $2.4 million.

Responding to a senator’s question about Noem’s staffing plan, Dovre said, “At this time I don’t anticipate there to be more.”

The nine senators and nine representatives put together state government’s budget each year.

Sen. John Wiik, R-Big Stone City, noted the presentation took six minutes. He is co-chairman of the committee.

“Could be a new record,” Wiik said.

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