PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem has appointed a Catholic administrator as the state’s next social services secretary.
The Argus Leader reports that Noem announced Friday that she has picked Diocese of Sioux Falls Chancellor Matt Althoff to repace outgoing Social Services Secretary Laurie Gill.
Gill plans to retire on Jan. 8. Althoff has served as the diocese’s chancellor for the past 13 years.
He helped develop the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, which helps homeless people in the Sioux Falls area.
He will begin his stint as social services secretary on Jan. 23.