SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Friday announced the resignation of her Secretary of Health, who helped steer the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim Malsam-Rysdon played a right-hand role as Noem went without most restrictions during the pandemic. Malsam-Rysdon oversaw the state’s testing and vaccination efforts, as well as its public health communications.
The Republican governor thanked Malsam-Rysdon in a statement, saying she had been a “steady hand.”
Malsam-Rysdon’s departure is the latest in a string of exits from the governor’s staff in recent weeks. She has also lost her chief of finance and replaced her chief of staff.