South Dakota and five straight governors managed to get by with the same real estate appraiser certification chief for 28 years. But then South Dakota gets one governor with one daughter who struggles to launch an abortive career in appraising, and suddenly we burn through two appraiser certification chiefs in three years.
Coincidence? I think not.
Scott Amundson, the guy Governor Kristi Noem moved from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to the Appraiser Certification Program in June, has left his post:
Scott Amundson, who took over the state’s Appraiser Certification Program last summer, told The Associated Press on Monday he had resigned but declined to publicly comment on his reasons for doing so.
…The Department of Labor and Regulation, which oversees the Appraiser Certification Program, confirmed the resignation, but spokeswoman Dawn Dovre said she could not comment further on a personnel matter [Stephen Groves, “South Dakota Agency Head Resigns Amid Scrutiny of Gov. Noem,” AP, 2022.01.04].
Noem put Amundson in charge of appraiser certification to clean up the mess she made when she pushed capable 30-year chief Sherry Bren out of the job. There’s no evidence yet that Noem booted Amundson, too, but his poor performance suggests she’d have been right to do so. In maybe seven months, Amundson let his office break the law, wrecked communication and good relations with South Dakota’s appraiser industry, infuriated appraisers with really bad rule changes. He also never managed to update the state’s appraiser roster, which as of my quick check this evening still bears the label “As of March 23, 2021” and still says Kassidy C. Peters, the Governor’s older daughter, is an active appraiser, even though Peters said in her grouchy November 16 open letter to Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman that she planned to “turn in my license and dissolve my business by the end of the year.”
We can’t tell whether Amundson is leaving because his employer was displeased with his poor performance or if he’s just one more red welt in the ongoing rash of staff turnover that has plagued Team Noem.
But watch out: while Peters says on LinkedIn that she’s just taken a position as fundraiser for anti-trafficking outfit Call to Freedom, her mom may think that Peters is the perfect person to finally fix everything she and her mom think is unfair and broken in South Dakota’s Appraiser Certification Program.