PIERRE, SD (AP) — Two members of Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration are taking a leave of absence to work on her re-election campaign.
Communications director Ian Fury and operations director Ben Koisti will take paid positions with Noem’s campaign beginning June 24, Fury said in an email to state employees on Friday.
“I wanted to let you all know about some upcoming changes to the Governor’s communications team. Starting June 24, I will be taking leave from the state government until Veterans Day (November 11). As you are no doubt aware, Governor Noem is in the midst of her re-election campaign, and I will be working toward that end at this time,” Fury wrote.
Fury indicated that he and Koisti plan to return to administration if Noem wins re-election. Fury clarified that although he and Koisti are being paid by the campaign, their leave from the state government will not be paid.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Mangan will replace Fury during his absence.
Another member of Noem’s communications staff is also leaving. Jordan Overturf returns to Texas to be closer to his family. His last day with administration will be July 5.
Noem is being challenged in her re-election campaign by Rep. Jamie Smith, the Democratic candidate for governor of Sioux Falls, who is currently the House Minority Leader.
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