Speaking of Pierre turnover, the Noem Administration is losing more top talent. Liza Clark, who has worked for the Bureau of Finance and Management in Pierre since 2005 and served on Noem’s 2018 transition team, is stepping down after five years as BFM Commissioner and Governor Noem’s chief finance officer:
“I’m honored that Governor Noem asked me to serve on her executive team and lead BFM for the last three years. Due to all the challenges we’ve encountered, nothing about the budget has been normal, but South Dakota is in a phenomenal financial situation as a result of our approach,” said Liza Clark, BFM Commissioner. “My kids are only going to be little for so long, and I’m looking forward to striking a better work-life balance. The team at BFM is second to none, and it’s been such a privilege to work with them over the past 16 years. I’m comfortable moving on because I know the state is in great hands” [State of South Dakota, press release, 2021.10.15].
No word yet on which of the Governor’s children found Clark’s performance getting in their way of their professional advancement.