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Gov. Tim Walz names Jodi Harpstead new commissioner of Department of Human Services


August 13, 2019

Leila Navidi – Star Tribune

Jodi Harpstead spoke at a press conference at the State Capitol after being announced as the new Department of Human Services commissioner by Gov. Tim Walz.

Gov. Tim Walz has selected Lutheran Social Service CEO Jodi Harpstead as the new leader of the Department of Human Services, capping a management shuffle at the embattled agency.

Monday's announcement ends - for now - a period of turmoil in the top ranks of the sprawling agency, which serves more than 1 million Minnesotans with the help of roughly 7,300 workers. Tony Lourey, a former DFL state senator and Walz's first DHS commissioner, resigned in July after two of his top deputies abruptly quit without explanation. The two deputies returned after Lourey resigned.


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