Following his electoral victory for a second term, Gov. Walz announced that 16 of the 20 state agency commissioners will be reappointed to their roles, including several commissioners that play a role in housing. Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho, Pollution Control Commissioner Katrina Kessler and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Sarah Strommen will all be reappointed.
Among the remaining vacancies, Walz will need to appoint a new leader for the Department of Labor and Industry, following Roslyn Robertson’s retirement in August. Nicole Blissenbach has served as temporary commissioner since and was not included on the initial list of reappointments
from the governor’s office.
The Minnesota Department of Health, whose past lead paint proposals have drawn the ire of the remodelers, is also left without a commissioner as Jan Malcolm announced she will be retiring. A new commissioner has yet to be announced.