Department of Labor and Industry commissioner retires

Former DLI Commissioner Roslyn Robertson

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) Commissioner Roslyn Robertson announced her retirement effective Aug. 12. Robertson started at the agency as a student worker and worked her way up to the agency’s top position. She was appointed commissioner by Gov. Tim Walz in January 2021.

“Commissioner Robertson’s years of work to improve workplace safety have made Minnesotans safer on the job,” said Walz. “From her work to educate employees about their rights to heading up the Frontline Worker Pay program, I am incredibly grateful for her decades of service and dedication to our state.” Robertson oversaw the 2020 decision to not adopt a new residential energy code in Minnesota.

“Commissioner Robertson understood the important role the agency plays in keeping housing safe, affordable and attainable,” said Nick Erickson, director of research and regulatory affairs for Housing First Minnesota. Deputy Commissioner Nicole Blissenbach will serve as temporary commissioner through the end of the year.