Gov. Doug Burgum today appointed Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer as Job Service North Dakota Executive Director. Kommer had been serving as interim executive director since August 22, 2017, following the resignation of Cheri Giesen.
Kommer will retain her duties as Labor Commissioner, serving the state in both roles. “Consolidating the leadership of these agencies under one capable, proven leader like Michelle will benefit the state and the agencies,” Burgum said. “Strong leadership, cost savings to the state, and logical cross-agency collaboration mark tangible progress toward our efforts to reinvent government.”
The Governor appointed Kommer as State Labor Commissioner in November 2016. Kommer brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, having led human resources, operations and legal functions in the financial services, health insurance and energy/manufacturing industries. Kommer is licensed to practice law in both North Dakota and Minnesota.
Kommer has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She was named YWCA’s Woman of the Year for Child Advocacy in 2016, and was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by Prairie Business Magazine in both 2014 and 2015.