Governor Noem’s daughter to quit assessment post, day after lawmakers request subpoena
In the letter written to Secretary of the Department of Labor and Regulation, Marcia Hultman, Kassidy Peters says the scrutiny of her certification is an attempt to see her “reputation and that of my young family destroyed”. She adds that she will surrender her license by the end of the year.
The letter was first obtained and published by Dakota News Now.
“The entire investigation and the pressure from the media have caused irreparable damage to my business,” Peters said in a letter dated Tuesday, November 16. “I am angry and I can recognize that it succeeded in destroying my business.”
Peters added that she had spent years working to become a licensed real estate appraiser.
Media reports in September revealed that Republican Gov. Noem called a meeting in July 2020 with Peters, Hultman, government lawyers and Sherry Bren, then head of the state’s property appraisal program. The meeting at the governor’s mansion took place days after Peters’ application was rejected, and months before Peters finally received his license.
Peters letter arrives a day after the Legislative Assembly’s government operations and audit committee overwhelmingly voted to subpoena an underlying agreement signed between Peters and Ministry of Labor officials, and Bren’s in-person testimony, who was forced to retire at the end of 2020.
A wrongful dismissal complaint filed by Bren with a federal workplace discrimination commission – and $ 200,000 from the state to Bren to withdraw that complaint – initially alerted reporters and lawmakers to the issues. ethics regarding Peters’ candidacy.
On Tuesday, Peters also released a stipulation agreement with the Labor Department, dated August 5, which documents his agreement for 45 additional hours of classroom learning and the resubmission of three assessments. This August 5 date comes after the Governor’s Mansion meeting and is signed by Peters and Amber Mulder, Special Assistant Attorney General of the State Department of Labor.
In an email to Forum News Service Tuesday afternoon, GOAC President Sen. Kyle schoenfish, R-Scotland, declined to comment on the letter but confirmed receipt. The Executive Council of the Legislature was slated to pass a motion at its meeting on Wednesday, November 17, to ratify the two subpoenas.
It is unclear how Peters’ departure from the field and disclosure of the stipulation agreement will alter GOAC’s investigation, if at all.