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Dalrymple appoints Giesen to Direct Job Service North Dakota

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today appointed Cheri L. Giesen the executive director of Job Service North Dakota. Giesen will lead the state’s workforce agency which has about 250 employees throughout the state and a two-year budget of nearly $80 million.  Giesen will begin leading Job Service in early July.

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“Cheri’s strong leadership skills and her extensive experience with information technology systems will be a tremendous asset to the citizens and businesses served by Job Service North Dakota,” Dalrymple said.  “As we continue to benefit from the nation’s strongest economy, the lowest unemployment rate and steady business growth, the workforce assistance provided by Job Service has never been more important.

“This challenging position requires a proven leader and a strong background in computer systems which are key to the agency’s labor market information services, workforce services and the administration of the unemployment insurance program.  Cheri brings the right skill sets and expertise to lead Job Service, and I am confident she will help us meet the dynamic workforce needs of a growing and prosperous North Dakota,” Dalrymple said.

Giesen has more than 20 years of experience in organizational management and information technology. Between 1992 and 2005, she served in management positions in several state agencies, including Job Service. Giesen directed major technology projects and managed statewide information systems while working for the North Dakota Attorney General’s office, the North Dakota Supreme Court, and the North Dakota Department of Transportation. For six years, Giesen directed the information technology department at Job Service. In that role, she oversaw the management of Job Service’s statewide information systems, assisted in developing yearly strategic plans and executed operational strategies. Since 2005, Giesen has worked for Basin Electric Cooperative where she supervised the management of information systems and assisted in the coop’s restructuring of information technology strategies and systems to better serve customers.

Giesen earned a Master’s Degree in business management and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and accounting from the University of Mary. 

“I want to thank Governor Dalrymple for having the confidence in me to be the next executive director of Job Service North Dakota,” Giesen said. “I am excited to be working with Job Service staff again as they truly define servant leadership. I am honored to work with all of the Job Service partners in order to meet the workforce needs during this incredible time of economic growth throughout North Dakota.”

During today’s appointment, which was announced in the state capitol, Dalrymple also thanked Darren Brostrom who has served as interim executive director of Job Service North Dakota since Nov. 1, 2013, following the resignation of former executive director Maren Daley.

“Darren is a dedicated member of the Job Service team and we very much appreciate the outstanding job he’s done leading the agency during this transitional period,” Dalrymple said.

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