Noem Facing Criticism For Staff Turnover

(Pierre, SD) — Governor Noem is facing criticism for her record pace of staff turnover and style of leadership. Lee Schoenbeck, a power broker in the South Dakota Legislature as President Pro Tempore of the Senate, told South Dakota News Watch, “It’s not a concern of mine, but it sure should be a concern to the governor,” in regard to the trend of out-of-state staffers coming and going from the governor’s office. Florida native Mark Miller, her former general counsel, departed in June and deputy chief of staff Rachel Oglesby, a Maryland native who was seen as Miller’s likely successor left in May. Schoenbeck says Oglesby leaving at a time when the chief of staff position was becoming available reflects the turbulent nature of working under Noem whose leadership style is characterized as “demanding” by those who know her well. Noem’s administration is still searching for a sixth chief of staff less than five years after entering office.

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