Gov. Noem’s daughter to quit appraisal job, training agreement turned over
After months of scrutiny, Governor Kristi Noem’s daughter Kassidy Peters will quit her appraisal job at the end of the year. Additionally, the training agreement that Peters reached with the Department of Labor has been obtained.
PIERRE, S.D. - Governor Kristi Noem’s daughter, Kassidy Peters, will resign from her appraisal job and turn in her licenses at the end of the year.
In a letter to Secretary Marcia Hultman with the South Dakota Deparment of Labor, Peters writes to “express my disappointment and anger that my good name and professional reputation continue to be damaged by questions and misinformation concerning the Appraisal Certification Program.”
The decision to quit her position and turn in her license comes after a report by the AP last month detailing a meeting that Peter’s attended with Noem, Hultman, and then head of the state appraisal program Sherry Bren.
“I know as the Governor’s daughter I am always going to be in the public eye,” Peters letter continues. “I can’t stop these attacks, but I can choose whether to keep being hurt by the fallout.”
Training Agreement Obtained
Dakota News Now/KOTA Territory News has also obtained the training agreement that Peter’s reached with the Department of Labor. The agreement, signed on August 5th, 2020, is signed and dated after the meeting at the Governor’s Mansion occurred. However, sources familiar with the situation have said that the agreement was already being developed prior to the meeting taking place. Hultman testified earlier this month that “the content of the meeting at the residence, was to talk about the status quo of how to become an appraiser in South Dakota, and possible changes to that program.”
The South Dakota Legislature’s Government Operations and Audit Committee (GOAC) subpoenaed the document from the Department of Labor Monday after it was denied a prior request. Additionally, the department had denied several requests by media outlets across the state for the document.
The training agreement lays out how Peter’s would be able to obtain her license in another attempt. Some of the terms agreed to in the document include resubmitting three appraisals that were previously submitted, and 45 additional hours of classroom time.
Following the release of documents by Peters, Department of Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman requested the state legislature’s executive board decline to ratify the GOAC’s request for a subpoena and dismiss the matter. The executive board must ratify any GOAC subpoena before it may issue it. The executive board meets Wednesday in Pierre.
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