Sioux Falls, SD (AP) — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem discusses last year’s office meeting inconsistent with his labor secretary on Thursday about how his daughter could get a real estate appraisal license. He said it was not included. State agencies have moved to deny it.
For the first time on Thursday, the Republican governor answered a question from a South Dakota reporter about the episode. Associated Press first reported..With a Republican-controlled legislative committee State Government Ethics Board After investigating the issue, she called AP’s report on the meeting “twisted” and “manipulated.”
Gnome Secretary of Labor Last week defended her department’s actions against lawmakers By explaining before the meeting that state regulators have already reached an agreement to provide Nome’s daughter, Cassidy Peters, with the opportunity to fix issues with her application. She said the meeting consisted primarily of potential amendments to the shortage of licensed appraisers.
But Secretary of Labor Marcia Hartmann told lawmakers that it also included a “last brief discussion” of the conference on “potential future plans” for Peters to obtain her license. ..
But when Nome was asked by AP at a press conference Thursday if he knew the plan was heading for the meeting, he replied, “We didn’t even talk about it,” and the meeting said about Peters. Insisted that it was not a discussion. application.
“She gave her a personal experience through the program. Of course, she gave her perspective and the time it took to go through the program and how difficult it was.”
However, Sherry Bren, a longtime director of the appraiser certification program, said AP was presented with a letter from Peters’ boss accusing the agency of denying her license.
Four months after the meeting, Peters received a license.
Nome again claimed that Peters had “goed through exactly the same process that other appraisers did in South Dakota.” She never received special treatment. “
Nome also defended her actions in the episode, saying she was working to solve the shortage of state appraisers. However, shortly after Peters received her license, she faced a backlash from an organization representing appraisers after Hartmann pressured Bren to retire at the end of last year. Bren filed an ageist complaint, received $ 200,000 from the state, withdrew the complaint and quit his job.
“I came to fix the program, and we’re fixing it,” she said. “But we also recognize that some people who have been in the industry for a long time dislike it.”
The State Legislature’s Government Audit Committee, which is investigating government agencies at the center of the episode, requested a copy of the agreement between Peters and the agency, but Nome did so before making the personnel file publicly available. He said he would make it.
“For consistency, and to make sure I’m fair-because that’s exactly what I’m focusing on-I have to set the same precedent for everyone. Probably, “she said.
When asked if she would allow the document to be opened because the agreement itself states that it is open to public inspection, she said she would have a lawyer decide what should be considered public records.
Labor Regulations lawyers have already rejected AP’s request for public records. The Department of Appeals later decided that it was correct for the department to reject the request for record.
Bren declined an invitation to speak from Congress last week, but she said she was working with a lawyer to contact lawmakers and correct “de facto mistakes” from Hartmann’s testimony.