Gov. Tim Walz announces departures of 4 state commissioners


November 17, 2022

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Gov. Tim Walz held a cabinet meeting last week at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz must replace his top health, education and public safety leaders after announcing the largest shakeup of his cabinet.

State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, Education Commissioner Heather Mueller and Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Commissioner Mark Phillips have "chosen not to seek reappointment," Walz announced Wednesday.

Malcolm and Harrington had served with the DFL governor since he took office, helping lead the state through the turbulent COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of George Floyd's murder by police, respectively. But Mueller's exit from the Department of Education comes less than two years into her tenure and amid recent calls for her to resign for failing to swiftly shut down Feeding Our Future, a nonprofit accused of orchestrating the nation's largest pandemic fraud.


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