Burgum thanks departing Giesen for work as Job Service ND executive director, appoints Kommer in interim

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 8:30am

BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today expressed his gratitude for Job Service North Dakota Executive Director Cheri Giesen after she resigned from the position to pursue other opportunities.

Giesen’s last day as executive director will be Sept. 5. State Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer will take on the additional responsibilities of Job Service North Dakota director during an interim period.

“We’re thankful for Cheri’s leadership and commitment to North Dakota workers these past few years, which brought significant workforce challenges and opportunities,” Burgum said. “We wish her all the best and remain confident Job Service North Dakota will continue to provide customer-focused services to meet the workforce needs of a 21st century economy.”

Giesen was first appointed executive director of Job Service North Dakota in June 2014 by then-Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Burgum reappointed her in December 2016 to lead the state’s workforce agency, which has about 160 employees and nine regional offices. Giesen previously worked as Job Service’s information technology manager from 2000 to 2005.

“I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished at Job Service North Dakota and tremendously grateful for the hard work of our dedicated staff,” Giesen said. “I appreciate Gov. Burgum and Gov. Dalrymple giving me the opportunity to lead, and I’m confident the agency is in a strong position as I begin the next chapter in my career.”

Burgum appointed Kommer as labor commissioner in November 2016. A licensed attorney, she had most recently served as chief administrative officer and general counsel for a Fargo-area bank, where her in-house practice included labor and employment matters.

For more information, go to www.jobsnd.com.