Republican Governor Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that Hunter Roberts, former policy adviser and current Department of Labor deputy secretary, has been named Secretary of South Dakota’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). According to the Rapid City Journal, this appointment follows the announcement that current DENR Secretary Steve Pirner will retire in August.
Roberts has said that he is invested in “working with communities and stakeholders across the state to protect our environment and manage our natural resources,” and that the “quality of our air, land, and water resources is critical to sustaining our state’s economy and maintaining healthy environments for our children and families to thrive in”.
Prior to his work as deputy secretary and director for the state’s Department of Labor and Regulation, Roberts worked as apolicy-analyst for former Governor Dennis Daugaard, where he focused on environmental, energy, agricultural, land management and outdoor resources policies.
Roberts lives in Pierre, SD and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota and a juris doctorate of law from the University of South Dakota. He will assume the role of DENR Secretary August 5th.
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