Governor-elect Kristi Noem on Thursday announced more governor staff hires, including naming Armour native Tony Venhuizen as a senior adviser.
Venhuizen is the chief of staff for Gov. Dennis Daugaard, whose term expires in January when Noem will be sworn in. He has been the liaison between the Daugaard administration and the Noem transition team. The announcement says Venhuizen will be staying with the governor's office into the spring "to ensure a seamless transition."
Judy Davis, a Winner native, was also announced as a Noem-office hire. Davis will serve the administration as administrative assistant. She currently serves as an administrative assistant for the Daugaard administration.
"To create good policy for the state, you have to have good people on your team," said Noem. "These people understand that the job isn't about them, but about serving the people of our state and producing lasting results for the next generation. Together, we'll strengthen South Dakota."
Other hires are as follows: Melissa Klemann, policy adviser; Jake Monssen, constituent services director; Bailey Carlsen, deputy policy advisor; Neha Patel, executive assistant; Morgan Ness, executive assistant; and Rachel Graves, executive assistant.