Burgum's chief operating officer Uecker retiring in June

BISMARCK — A top staffer in Gov. Doug Burgum's office is retiring at the end of June, his office announced Monday, Feb. 11.

Jodi Uecker, Burgum's chief operating officer, will help lead a search for her successor. Uecker worked at Burgum's Great Plains Software and followed him to Microsoft when Great Plains was sold to the technology giant in 2001. She also chaired his transition team when he was elected as a Republican in 2016.

“We are tremendously grateful to Jodi for giving her leadership, time and energy to the state of North Dakota over the past two years,” Burgum said in a statement. “Chief operating officer was a new position to our state and the governor’s office, and Jodi has blazed a trail for our administration and for the future of North Dakota."

Burgum's office expects the recruitment, hiring and transition to the next COO will take several months. Uecker's position will be posted, the office said.

Uecker called the decision to retire "bittersweet" but said she would spend more time with family.

Uecker's annual salary is $150,000, a spokesman said.