The Mysterious Disappearance of Dilges


So a top official with state government leaves after 14 years of service and no reason is given. Hopefully he doesn’t go pheasant hunting by himself and a 5 foot branch;

An aide to Daugaard said last week that Dilges was placed on indefinite administrative leave pending a final decision on his status. Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen said the matter didn’t involve criminal allegations or the handling of state funds, but declined to offer additional details.

So what other reasons would there be? If it is health reasons, why not just tell us it is ‘personal matters’. If he didn’t do anything ‘criminal’ why can’t we be told?

The rumors in Pierre is that he dropped the ball big time in preparing this year’s budget (not embezzlement or fraud) but incompetence. Not sure if that is true, because just like EB-5 and Gear Up, the Republicans are tight lipped about mishandling our money.


#1 The Blogger Formerly Known as "Winston" on 11.22.16 at 4:08 pm

Did he Homer Harding it?

#2 l3wis on 11.22.16 at 5:33 pm

Anon commenter, I deleted your comment, but thanks for filling me in. As they say, if it ain’t incompetence it’s usually that other thing.

#3 duggersd on 11.22.16 at 8:05 pm

It is rather dangerous to release certain information. Whatever the reason, unless it is criminal, releasing such information can lead to lawsuits. My understanding if you contact an ex-employer about an employee, you will usually get confirmation that he worked there and maybe the dates of employment. Government is probably no different.

#4 l3wis on 11.22.16 at 10:48 pm

Cool, then let’s just leave it as ‘he worked there’ but didn’t ‘play there’.

#5 l3wis on 11.22.16 at 10:50 pm

I do know what you are saying, but being in a cabinet position like that, I would think it would be in the public’s best interest to at least be given a general reason why a 14 year state employee was let go.

#6 duggersd on 11.23.16 at 6:38 am

Was there a law broken? Then maybe yes. But if not, how does it affect you? If he is ill, he may like his privacy. If he was incompetent, does it really do any good to tell everyone about it? Unless there is some very strong reason such as lawbreaking, it is none of our business. Usually when there is some reason such as incompetence, the code is “he wanted to spend more time with his family”.

#7 The D@ily Spin on 11.23.16 at 8:40 am

Disappearing is sometimes the best answer. Ask Jimmy Hoffa.

#8 duggersd on 11.23.16 at 10:23 am

Jimmy Hoffa is no longer missing. They found him alive and well in a Los Vegas maternity ward trying to raise a labor union. (Sorry, I could not resist)

#9 anonymous on 11.23.16 at 10:31 am

The AL reported that Jason Dilges was placed on “indefinite administrative leave”. Doesn’t sound like an illness to me.

For all of us (now including Sioux Falls City employees) who are part of the South Dakota Retirement System this should be of concern. For many years, Jason Dilges has been the individual managing this retirement fund.

#10 anonymous on 11.23.16 at 10:35 am

BTW, it has been reported publicly in prior years, that Jason Dilges’s expertise secured record returns for the SD Retirement System, so I highly doubt he was let go for incompetence.

#11 Sue on 11.23.16 at 6:49 pm

Jason Dilges is one of 17 members of the SD Retirement System board of trustees. The funds of the Retirement System are managed by the SD Investment Council, which is headed by Matt Clark, state investment officer.

#12 The Blogger Formerly Known as "Winston" on 11.24.16 at 11:06 am

So what you’re all saying indirectly is that this Republican idea, that has been passed around for years, to privatize Social Security might not be a good idea either, huh?….. 😉

#13 Taxpayer on 11.25.16 at 11:31 am

Is it any wonder the state of South Dakota is considered the fifth most corrupt state in the U.S.?

Jason Dilges, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of the Bureau of Finance and Management disappears without any explanation to SD citizen-taxpayers, and Melody Schopp, Secretary of Education, holds no accountability in the Gear-Up scandal!

And, where is the investigative arm of the state’s largest newspaper…….?

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