Commissioner Tony Lourey resigns abruptly in DHS shake-up
Via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
Tony Lourey, who left the state Senate to become the commissioner of Human Services in January, wrote a letter to Walz saying his resignation would take effect at the end of the day, stunning some members of the Minnesota Legislature. No reason was given. Lourey’s sudden departure comes after the resignations of his two top deputies last week, raising anew questions about chaos at the top ranks of the $17.5 billion state agency. Walz announced that Pam Wheelock — most recently chief operating officer at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, with a long résumé of top private and public sector jobs — will take over as acting commissioner. It’s unclear whether she or her permanent replacement will ask the deputy commissioners Claire Wilson and Charles Johnson to stay now that Lourey is out.
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