The Governor’s Awards of Excellence is a new employee recognition program designed to highlight excellence, build engagement, and provide a direct connection between the governor and executive branch employees.

Employees were recognized by Governor Noem and Lt. Governor Rhoden in four categories at an awards dinner on Thursday, on May 4, 2023.

Award Recipients:

Service: John Petersen, DOM

Safety: Kayla Oelkers, DOC

Leadership: Emmett Keyser, GFP

Innovation: Matt Oxner, DPS

Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all state employees for your committment to the state of South Dakota.