PIERRE, S.D. — Republican Gov. Kristi Noem has selected a new interim Secretary of Social Services after her initial pick resigned three months into his appointment.
Noem's office announced in a Tuesday, May 21, news release that Amy Iversen-Pollreisz will begin serving as the interim secretary effective Wednesday. Iversen-Pollreisz currently works as the department's deputy cabinet secretary.
“I’m thankful for the ways Amy has served South Dakota through her various roles at DSS over the years,” Noem said in Tuesday's release. “I’m confident she’ll continue moving the department in the right direction during this interim period.”
Iversen-Pollreisz previously worked as the state Department of Human Services' director of the Division of Mental Health, among other roles. She has also worked as an elementary school counselor in Stanley County.
Noem's initial pick for the role, Sioux Falls ear, nose and throat doctor Gregory DeSautel, announced his resignation on May 2, three months after he was appointed in February. DeSautel resigned from Noem's cabinet to return to his position as a doctor, which he called his "strongest passion" in a written statement.
The Department of Social Services handles the majority of South Dakota's government assistance programs, like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and child care, protection and support programs.