Burgum COO and Microsoft cohort Uecker retiring in June

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has announced that his chief operating officer is leaving her job.

Burgum says Jodi Uecker is retiring in June and will help lead a search for her replacement.

Burgum created the position of COO after he was elected in 2016. The position is comparable to chief of staff in past governors’ administrations.

She is paid $150,000 annually.

Burgum is known in North Dakota as the godfather of software for building Fargo’s Great Plains Software into a billion-dollar business, which he later sold to Microsoft.

Uecker also worked at Great Plains Software and Microsoft.

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