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Social Services head DeSautel quits soon after appointment

May 2, 2019

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s secretary of Social Services is quitting just months after being appointed.

Gov. Kristi Noem announced Wednesday that Greg DeSautel is resigning effective May 22.

DeSautel said in a statement via the governor’s office that he had decided to return to medical work, describing it as his “strongest passion.”

Noem announced DeSautel’s appointment in January. He was working at the time as an ear, nose and throat doctor at Sanford Health, and had long taught medicine at the University of South Dakota.

DeSautel was overseeing an agency with a budget of about $43.5 million.

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