BISMARCK — Longtime North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission Executive Director Scott Davis has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

As required by state law, no additional details about his misconduct will be released during the investigation, said Gov. Doug Burgum's spokesman Mike Nowatzki.

"We take allegations of misconduct very seriously," Burgum said in a statement. "The State of North Dakota 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 director pending the outcome of the investigation.

Davis has held the position since 2009 when he was appointed by then Gov. John Hoeven.

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As Indian Affairs Commission executive director, Davis serves in the governor's cabinet. The director works as a liaison between state and tribal governments to address issues regarding education, courts, economic development, social services, gaming, oil and energy, law enforcement, transportation, health care, veterans and youth.

Prior to taking the job, Davis worked at the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck and also for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a descendent of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in northeast North Dakota.