Kristi Noem Orders $9K Desk From State Prison Work Program That Includes Gun Drawer

South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem ordered a $9,000 desk that will include a gun drawer with leather inserts from a state prison work program, the Associated Press reported.

The black walnut desk originally cost $5,000 to $6,000 before modifications, the governor's spokesman Ian Fury said Friday. He noted that taxpayers will not be paying for the expensive desk since Noem ordered it for herself.

In August, Noem fired the director of Pheasantland Industries, the prison work program, as a human resources probe was underway into allegations that supervising corrections officers sexually harassed employees and that staff morale was low.

A month before, Noem promised there'd be widespread changes within the state's prison systems.

"We are looking at evaluating every single policy," she said.

Her new customized desk comes as she seeks to "make sure" the state has the "strongest pro life laws" in place, she wrote on Twitter Thursday.

"Following the Supreme Court's decision to leave the pro-life TX law in place, I have directed the Unborn Child Advocate in my office to immediately review the new TX law and current South Dakota laws to make sure we have the strongest pro life laws on the books in SD," Noem announced on the platform.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to leave the pro-life TX law in place, I have directed the Unborn Child Advocate in my office to immediately review the new TX law and current South Dakota laws to make sure we have the strongest pro life laws on the books in SD.

— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) September 2, 2021

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem ordered a $9,000 desk from a state prison work program that will include a gun drawer. In this photo, Noem greets guests at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip campground after riding in the Legends Ride for charity on August 9 near Sturgis, South Dakota. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Other modifications for Noem's customized, personal desk include brass embossing and a footrest.

Dakota News Now, citing unnamed corrections officers, reported that the bill had run to $9,000 after the modifications, which included increasing the length of the desk to 100 inches to allow two people to work side-by-side at the desk. The unnamed corrections officers alleged that prison officials had ordered the bill be discounted by $3,000.

Fury disputed that the governor would receive a discount. He said Noem would pay the full amount of the final bill.

He said the order had always been a personal purchase for the governor but that she may use it in her official office.

"She wanted a new desk," Fury said.

Democratic Senator Troy Heinert slammed the expense of the desk, saying it is "troubling that the governor needs a $9,000 desk when quite a few South Dakotans don't have a $9,000 car."

The warden and deputy warden at the state penitentiary were also fired in the human resources probe into low employee morale and sexual harassment.

Pheasantland Industries allows inmates to learn a trade while incarcerated and pays them 50 cents per hour for their work.