Secy of Corrections, State Penitentiary Warden placed on administrative leave

PIERRE, S.D. — Governor Kristi Noem has placed Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt and State Penitentiary Warden Darin Young on administrative leave in light of the anonymous report.

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Noem was briefed on a summary of an internal review conducted by the South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources that was prepared as part of an investigation following an anonymous complaint.

The complaint alleges that supervising corrections officers sexually harassed their fellow employees, promotions are due to nepotism and employee morale is low.

It was announced that Tim Reisch will be appointed, effective immediately, to serve as interim Secretary of Corrections. Reisch served as Secretary of Corrections from 2003 to 2011, and he retired in 2019 after eight years as Adjutant General of the South Dakota National Guard.

“My top priority as governor is keeping South Dakotans safe, and that includes the men and women who work at the State Penitentiary and those who are confined there,” said Gov. Noem.

A copy of the anonymous complaint can be read here.

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