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Noem taps petroleum distributing company's HR director to head state Bureau of Human Resources

PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota's new Bureau of Human Resources commissioner is transitioning to public service from his current role in the private sector.

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's office on Tuesday, Sept. 3, announced that Darin Seeley will begin leading the bureau beginning Oct. 14. Seeley is currently the director of human resources at petroleum distributing company Harms Oil Company, as well as CC&F Retail, both based in Brookings. In his current role, he oversees 450 employees.

Seeley said in Tuesday's release that he is "committed to utilizing my private sector experience as we work to enhance recruitment, increase workforce support, and develop leaders in state government.”

Previously, Seeley worked in Black Hills Corporation's human resources department. He has also worked in recruitment, consulting and project management.

Noem said in Tuesday's release that "a strong state government takes care of its people, and BHR plays a leading role in that effort."

She added, "I am confident Darin will fulfill this mission as he leads BHR and works to make the State a premier place to work.”

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