Doug Barrett | Oct 17, 2020 AT 9:33 am
Gov. Doug Burgum has placed North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director Scott Davis on administrative leave, with pay, pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
Burgum says the state takes all allegations of misconduct seriously. He adds the state is committed to a “safe and equitable workplace environment for all team members.“
State Labor Commissioner Erica Thunder has been appointed to serve as interim Indian Affairs commissioner pending the outcome of the investigation. Per North Dakota Century Code Section 44-04-18.1-6, no additional details will be released during the investigation.
Davis was appointed Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission in April 2009 by Gov. John Hoeven. As Executive Director, he serves at a cabinet level between North Dakota's state and tribal governments to address issues regarding education systems, court systems, economic development, social services, gaming, oil-energy, law enforcement, transportation, healthcare systems, veterans and youth.
Prior to his appointment, Davis served in a number of capacities at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, including Development Officer, Wellness Activities Coordinator, Facilitator and Adjunct Instructor.