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].
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.