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Scott Stern To Depart As GOED Commissioner

Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501






FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Friday, November 2, 2018

CONTACT:  Tony Venhuizen or Bailey Carlsen at 605-773-3212



Scott Stern To Depart As GOED Commissioner


PIERRE, S.D. – Scott Stern will leave his position as Commissioner of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) at the end of this month, Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today.


Stern, who has served as commissioner since 2016, is leaving to assume leadership at Stern Oil Company, a Freeman, SD family business since 1976.  His last day will be December 1, 2018.


“Scott has been a great salesman for our state and he has led GOED’s efforts to tell South Dakota’s story as one of the best places in America to do business,” said Governor Daugaard.  “Our state was very fortunate that Scott took time away from the private sector to enter public service, and I wish him the very best.”


Prior to joining GOED, Stern spent four years with Suncor Energy and, prior to that, twenty-nine years with Stern Oil Company.  In addition to serving as GOED commissioner, Stern has also served on the Governor’s Executive Committee.


“It has been an honor and privilege to work for Governor Daugaard and the people of South Dakota. South Dakota is the best place in the nation to do business and I’m looking forward to being part of its business community,” said Stern.


Aaron Scheibe, GOED’s deputy commissioner, will serve as interim commissioner from December 1 for the remainder of the Daugaard administration.