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Kelsey Roth

Incoming North Dakota State Chief People Officer Kelsey Roth

North Dakota government's second chief people officer has resigned two weeks after her appointment. 

Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Kelsey Roth to succeed Cheri Schoenfish, who returned to Microsoft in Fargo after a yearlong "civic leave of absence." 

It's unclear exactly why Roth resigned.

“I want to thank Gov. Burgum for this opportunity and for being understanding about my change of heart and decision to stay in Fargo at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota,” Roth said.

“North Dakota state government is headed in the right direction by working toward a unified approach to human resources and focusing on enhancing recruitment, retention, performance and productivity, and I wish the Burgum-Sanford administration all the best.”

Roth's appointment was effective Oct. 30. She resigned Tuesday after having "reconsidered" her appointment, according to a news release from the governor's office. 

Governor's spokesman Mike Nowatzki said he didn't have anything to add beyond the news release regarding Roth's reason to resign.

Roth was hired to lead a restructured division of human resources within the state Office of Management and Budget. 

The state now begins a hiring process for the next chief people officer.

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