Two South Dakota Cabinet Secretaries to Retire

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Two South Dakota cabinet secretaries will retire over the next two months.

Secretary of Health Doneen Hollingsworth and Secretary of Game, Fish and Parks Jeff Vonk have announced their scheduled departures from the cabinet of Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

Hollingsworth plans to leave her position Dec. 12. She’s led the Department of Health since 1995 and is among the longest-serving cabinet secretaries in state history.

Daugaard’s office praised Hollingsworth’s efforts to provide critical support to rural health care facilities.

Vonk has headed the Game, Fish and Parks department since 2007 and will retire Jan. 8. Under Vonk’s watch, the state established Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, South Dakota’s first new state park in 40 years.

These are the only anticipated cabinet changes as Daugaard moves into his second term.