During the campaign, Kristi Noem said she’d expand government to handle abortion cases, suggesting that she’d need more lawyers to handle the job that Republican ticketmate Jason Ravnsborg would not be qualified to handle as Attorney General.
Attorney General-Elect Ravnsborg has now beaten Noem to the punch. He has created a whole new position for one of his campaign donors to help manage the A.G.’s office for him.
As I reported yesterday, Ravnsborg is hiring notable campaign donor, longtime campaign flunky, and Faulk County state’s attorney Timothy Bormann as his chief of staff. I wanted to see just how much of a raise Bormann will be getting by going to work in state government, but I couldn’t recall the name of the current Attorney General’s chief of staff. A.G. Marty Jackley has a number of assistant attorneys general—12 in the appellate division, 10 civil, 12 criminal, one with four staff in Medicaid fraud—plus all the nice but unlisted folks at DCI and Consumer Protection—but I don’t think I’ve ever heard him or anyone else mention Jackley’s “chief of staff.” The only chief of staff in Pierre I can think of is the Governor’s chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen (salary $146,578.69).
I checked with my usual point of contact in the A.G.’s office, spokeswoman Sara Rabern (salary $69,569.76). Might she be the chief of staff? Rabern laughed at that suggestion and told me Attorney General Jackley does not have a chief of staff.
Jason Ravnsborg campaigned as an Army Reserve logistics expert, but apparently the logistics of running the Attorney General’s office are already so overwhelming that he has to create an entirely new government position to take care of business.
Related: Attorney Classes 1 through 5 in the A.G.’s office make between $67,219.11 and $136,318 a year. The Attorney General gets $113,441.44. Watch Open.SD.gov for the salary we taxpayers will pay Bormann to tell Ravnsborg when to tie his shoes.