Governor Dennis Daugaard has appointed Freeman oilman Scott Stern to succeed J. Pat Costello as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The Governor’s office provides this CV for our new oily GOED chief:
Stern is a Freeman native and a graduate of the University of South Dakota. For 29 years, Stern worked with Stern Oil Company of Freeman, including 14 years as vice president and general manager. For the past four years, Stern has worked a district sales manager for Petro-Canada America, a division of Suncor Energy [Governor’s office, press release, 2016.07.18].
Get ready for GOED to throw money at pipelines and refineries.
In campaign finance news, Scott Stern donated $1,000 to Daugaard in 2009. He gave the South Dakota Republican Central Committee $1,000 in 2011 and $1,000 in 2012. Scott and Staci Stern each gave Mark Mickelson’s leadership PAC $250 last year (interestingly, but their listed address on that report is Chandler, Arizona).
Costello’s GOED predecessor Richard Benda gave Daugaard $1,000 in 2008, $1,000 in 2009, and $1,000 in 2010. It’s good to know our economic development chiefs have been supporting Governor Daugaard’s economic development.