Kristi Noem Claims Meeting Privately With School Board Official Had No Effect On Daughter Getting In

( The South Dakota labor secretary testified last Thursday, insisting that a meeting that took place at Republican Governor Kristi Noem’s home didn’t have any impact on her decision to give Noem’s daughter an extra shot at getting her real estate appraiser license.

Secretary of Labor and Regulation Marcia Hutman was asked to testify before a committee in October, along with Sherry Bren, the former executive director of South Dakota’s Appraiser Certification Program.

They had both attended a meeting with Governor Noem and her daughter, Kassidy Peters, in July of 2020. The meeting took place not long after Peters failed to get her residential appraiser certification. And according to records, the denial of that certification was never actually issued and she was later awarded the certification in November of last year. It immediately raised concerns about whether Noem may have used her influence as governor of the state to interfere with the decision.

The Associated Press reported that last Thursday, Hultman told the Government Operations and Audit Committee that while the meeting was unusual, the issue of Peter’s application didn’t come up and that the handling of her certification wasn’t abnormal in any way.

She said that they should never say “never” to an applicant who wants to take additional steps to learn the trade and get their certification.

Bren’s involvement in the committee was in regards to the fact that she had been pressured by Hultman to retire shortly after Peters received her license, and after she took home $200,000 in exchange for an age discrimination complaint to be withdrawn.