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Gill Now Third Woman to Leave Noem Cabinet in Month

The women in Governor Kristi Noem’s cabinet are voting with their feet. Yesterday, Department of Social Services Secretary Laurie Gill became the third official to leave Noem’s cabinet since Noem’s reëlection:

Laurie Gill made it official Wednesday, announcing she plans to retire after the holidays as cabinet secretary for the South Dakota Department of Social Services.

…Gill has been social services secretary since July 2019. She previously served as commissioner for the state Bureau of Human Resources and cabinet secretary for the state Department of Human Services [Bob Mercer, “Gill Stepping Down as SD Social Services Secretary,” KELO-TV, 2022.12.21].

Education Secretary Tiffany Sanderson announced her departure around Thanksgiving. Health Secretary Joan Adam headed for the door Monday.

Women still hanging on to their cabinet seats are Corrections Secretary Kellie Wasko, Human Services Secretary Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, and Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman. None of the 14 men in Noem’s cabinet have tendered resignations this month.


  1. larry kurtz 2022-12-22 08:24

    It’s a shocker Laurie Gill lasted this long. Recall that when she was mayor of Pierre she embraced Agenda 21 which is the mark of the Beast.

  2. larry kurtz 2022-12-22 08:43

    Part of my 22+ years of psychoanalyzing Mrs. Noem is the observation that she hates other women and sees them as competition. My working hypothesis is that her father was boinking someone else when he died and she continues to blame her mother for it.

    She presents with symptoms of Histrionic Personality Disorder (now likely treated at taxpayer expense). Her speech is laconic and measured: as if being she is being treated with psychotropics. Sometimes she seems to doubt her abilities (likely the outcome of meeting people towering above her intellectual limitations). At times, she seems exasperated or visibly annoyed likely because of palling insecurities; but, she can quickly rein in her emotions (again likely from the benefit of extensive coaching and/or therapy at taxpayer expense).

  3. LCJ 2022-12-22 08:57

    If you have been psychoanalyzing KN for over 22 years, perhaps you should take a look at your own mental health.

  4. larry kurtz 2022-12-22 10:04

    It is a blessing to have the good sense to live where it gets into the 50s nearly every day during the winter, so there is that.

  5. P. Aitch 2022-12-22 13:46

    Cory Heidelberger is too humble and modest to just say it but I’m confident he knows it.
    Much of the discontent on the Noem team is because of him and his daily broadcast of what’s going on in the next room, at the Governor’s offices.
    As a Union Steward I couldn’t be stopped from talking to the workers on the factory floor.
    I made it my job to tell workers in each department how the boss was screwing people in other departments.
    If not for me they would never have known to “bend over, here it comes again” before it was about to happen.
    I’m confident that one thing every staffer on your Governor’s team has in common is they all read Dakota Free Press.
    Congratulations on another fruitful and beneficial year on the keyboard, Mr. H. #bravo #hizzah

  6. 96Tears 2022-12-22 14:47

    P. Aitch – In a recent visit to Pierre for a few days, I heard much the same from friends who live and work in Pierre and Ft. Pierre. Morale is in the toilet. No direction from supervisors. Constant whisper campaigns about heads going to roll. Employees with a work ethic leaving, replaced with incompetents. Basic duties neglected and little oversight. General disgust with the Noem team and the Snow Queen’s entitled behavior. State employees remark that they’ve never felt so disconnected or unmotivated.

    Pierre’s in the middle of the state and isolated. Power mongers learned long ago there is no transparency for the elite set. It’s sad to see quality people leave these key positions which gives a whackjob like Noem freer rein to abuse her position without fear of being found out and punished. The airplane abuse and the Bren affair are prime examples that the legal system is rigged to pose no threat to despots. South Dakota is going to pay a dear price for having this egomaniac simpleton take up space in the Governor’s office.

  7. grudznick 2022-12-22 15:51

    My good friend Lar knows that the mark of the beast, with which most women in South Dakota are marked, is not necessarily a bad thing.

  8. All Mammal 2022-12-22 15:52

    96- Don’t forget about how well-coached Gov. Noem was on stacking the courts with her appointees by rearranging elected people, as to open up the position for the lackey of her choosing. Again, I have to find the exact DFP column from the archives informing us of her moving of pieces on the board. I particularly remember Mr. H’s report way back before I ever imagined commenting because it made me want to ask who was calling her plays because she is a tic-tac-toe player, and her moves were advanced checkers. When she does a chess move, we will be keen to the source immediately. Gimme a minute for me to find and link that article.

    P. Aitch- I agree. Mr. H’s influence is underestimated. I credit this site for our No vote on C victory last June. DFP is dangerous to oppressors.

  9. grudznick 2022-12-22 15:57

    Maybe somebody in the media, a reporter perhaps, will do an analysis of how many members of the cabinets of governors switched around at the beginning of a second term in office. It would be useful and put a little take on this blogging.

  10. P. Aitch 2022-12-23 11:22

    Happy Birthday Roger Cornelius ~ You were loved, and you are missed.

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