A veteran IRRRB aide was paid $166,000 to retire. A month later, the agency hired him back


Brian Peterson – Star Tribune

A month after taking early retirement, IRRRB veteran Brian Hiti was back on the payroll as a part-time contractor making $41 an hour.

When the Minnesota Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board offered early retirements last year as part of a broader restructuring, 17 workers took the Eveleth-based economic development agency's offer.

IRRRB veteran Brian Hiti, a former deputy commissioner, was one of the volunteers. After a 30-plus year career with the state, Hiti was offered an early separation package that included post-retirement health benefits, more than $66,000 in unused vacation and sick days and a $99,347 one-time cash payout. All told, Hiti was paid $166,016 to leave his post.



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