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Gov.-elect Noem begins to roll in leadership for new administration

PIERRE, S.D. -- As South Dakota's executive branch undergoes transition, Gov.-elect Kristi Noem has named three key leaders who will join her administration in Pierre.

The Republican and current U.S. House Representative on Monday, Nov. 26, named three people who will take on the roles of chiefs of staff, communications and finance.

A news release sent by Noem's team Monday said Herb Jones will fill the role of governor's chief of staff. Jones was Noem's deputy campaign manager for her gubernatorial campaign, and has worked in the administrations of former-Attorney General Bill Janklow, Former-Gov. George Mickelson and former-Gov. Walter Miller, and in Congress as then-Rep. John Thune's chief of staff. As chief of staff, Jones will oversee operations, administration and the policy team.

Joshua Shields will serve as Noem's chief of communications, managing communications and media relations. Previously, Shields managed Noem's 2010 and 2016 congressional campaigns and served as her communications director in the U.S. House from 2011 to 2012.

Currently the commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management, Liza Clark will become South Dakota's chief financial officer in the role of chief of finance. Clark has worked in the Bureau of Finance since 2005, six years as a chief budget analyst, and has also served as a policy adviser to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

In the news release, Noem said her three picks "will have an immediate impact as we begin advancing our agenda to grow our economy, keep taxes low, and make government more transparent.”

Noem, along with her running mate and Lt. Gov.-elect Larry Rhoden will take office in January.