School and Public Lands getting new Deputy tomorrow.

I’d heard a couple of rumors from around the Capitol over the past few days, but got solid confirmation on it last night.

As has been long rumored, Current School and Lands Deputy Justin Ohleen is moving on to greener pastures. Moving into his spot, officially, starting tomorrow is fellow Brookings resident Ryan Brunner.

If you aren’t familiar with him, Ryan is quite accomplished for his relatively young age, having been a Brookings City Councilor while still attending SDSU. Ryan’s most recent employment was as a Project Coordinator with the Brookings Economic Development Corporation.

School and Lands Commissioner Jarrod Johnson made a good pick, as Ryan is a solid guy, well deserving of the position. He’d be a potential contender for it as well in 2 years when Jarrod’s term is up.

Congrats to Mr. Brunner, and good luck.

 

10 Replies to “School and Public Lands getting new Deputy tomorrow.”

  1. Anonymous

    Ryan is a very nice guy. I’m sure he will do a great job.

    The race for this office in 2014 could be very competetive.

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  2. Anonymous

    Deb Peters must have had a problem with Justin. Hopefully, his departure will end her vendetta against that Office.

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  3. Anonymous

    Having personally spent countless hours working with and learning from Ryan Brunner in the Brookings community, I can honestly say there isn’t a better fit for School and Lands.

    Ryan displays an uncanny ability to listen, incredible discipline, follow through and truly understands government. He is trustworthy and consistent. I am very excited to see he and Jarrod colaborate in the upcoming years!

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  4. anonymous

    Ryan is a very bright young man, and obviously will be in good position to run for this office in 2014. I have been impressed with Jarrod Johnson, and I think he has a bright political future despite any detractors he may have. And this anon is not a Republican.

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  5. Rattler

    Congrats to Ryan,
    No one works harder, than Ryan, and his past accomplishments prove it.
    Knowing Ryan, he will continue to prove he was a great choice.

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  6. Anonymous

    Ohleen will be missed. He had a work ethic and committment to this office like no other.

    I’m sure JJ is attempting to pick his replacement for the future.

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  7. shamrock

    Why does this office even exist? I thought you guys were for leaner gov’t? Instead of filling this position, why not roll it’s responsibilities into another office?

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    1. Anonymous

      If you rolled it into another office, say State Treasurer, you would still need the current staff to look after all the land leases, mineral rights, oil revenues, overseeing structures such as dams and other things on the lands. The only savings would be for the Commissioner’s salary. But then the state-owned lands would become just a ‘stepchild’ in the office it was awarded to.

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    2. Anonymous

      Ah, Shamrock, read the SD constitution and you’ll see why there is a School and Public Lands department. Ryan should be a good fit in the office, much better than Justin was and hopefully his salary isn’t nearly as high. Anyone hear how much he’ll be getting?

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      1. shamrock

        And the constitution can’t be changed? I guess the gov’s ill-advised amendment that Gant is trying to railroad through must be a bad idea then

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