The daughter of South Dakota governor Kristi Noem obtained her real estate license after receiving special treatment in her application process, according to a former state employee who said she felt “intimidated” during the interview. a meeting on the subject. Testifying before state lawmakers on Tuesday, Sherry Bren, the former executive director of South Dakota’s assessor certification program, said she was called to meet with Noem in July 2020 to discuss changing the process devaluation.
“Once there, I was very nervous, and frankly, intimidated,” Bren said, describing the meeting as “a bit of a fog for me.” The official explained that a plan had been made at the governor’s mansion to give Noem’s daughter, Kassidy Peters, who was present at the meeting with the governor’s top aides, another chance to apply. Peters then had an extra chance to meet federal requirements after twice failing a job exam, which Bren said he broke with protocol.
Peters finally got her license in November 2020. Noem has vehemently denied claims that she interfered in her daughter’s quest, saying on Monday that the “continuing account” of her meddling “is absolutely false.” Peters also recently announced that she was relinquishing her hard-earned license.