In the Noem Administration’s effort to trick us all into thinking that Governor Kristi Noem’s heavy-handed intervention in her daughter Kassidy Peters’s real estate appraiser certification application did not involve any special treatment for the Governor’s daughter, Labor and Regulation Secretary Marcia Hultman said that the remediation plan that the Department gave to struggling applicant Peters was not unique:
…there were three appraisers, including Ms. Peters, who entered into similar agreements with the state, and… those three occurred over the last few years… [Sec. Marcia Hultman, letter to Speaker Spencer Gosch and Senator Kyle Schoenfish, 2021.11.16, in Austin Goss, “Gov. Noem’s Daughter to Quit Appraisal Job, Training Agreement Turned Over,” KSFY, 2021.11.16].
Just three such agreements over the last few years? Hmmm… something that happens maybe once a year sounds at least unusual, if not special.
To appraiser Amy Frink, who vice-presides over the Professional Appraiser Association of South Dakota, such an agreement sounds really unusual:
Amy Frink is the vice president of the Professional Appraiser Association of South Dakota. She’s been an appraiser in northeast South Dakota since 1997 and has experience with the South Dakota Appraiser Advisory Council. Frink has trained three appraiser apprentices. She says she’s never seen a stipulation agreement.
“I don’t have any personal experience with it. I’ve never heard the term before,” Frink says. “Having been to many advisory council meetings and having been through this process several times, it’s not a term I’ve ever heard used.”
Frink says the typical document used to overcome problems with an appraiser’s license application is an “agreed disposition.”
Agreed dispositions are like a second chance for appraiser certification applicants — they’re an agreement in lieu of being denied a certification upgrade.
It gives applicants a chance to fix things in their application, as well as take a few more hours of course work, and then resubmit their application [Lee Strubinger, “Industry Official Says She’s ‘Never Heard’ of Document Disclosed in Noem Appraiser Controversy,” SDPOB, 2021.11.18].
The Department of Labor and Regulation assures us nothing unusual happened:
Dawn Dovre is a spokesperson for the department.
“For DLR’s purposes, the terms ‘stipulation agreement’ and ‘agreed disposition’ are basically the same. The terms ‘stipulation agreement’ or ‘agreed disposition’ may be used interchangeably,” Dovre said in email. “As in this context they are documents that simply set forth what is being agreed to between the applicant and the program” [Strubinger, 2021.11.18].
It’s bad enough Team Noem is having to spend so much time explaining away accusations of nepotism. Now they’re having to explain their explanations. Maybe Team Noem needs an agreed disposition or stipulated agreement or some kind of remediation plan to improve their performance.