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MN DHS Commissioner Resigns; Governor Appoints Acting Commissioner

Governor Tim Walz appoints Pamela Wheelock as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Services Governor Tim Walz appoints Pamela Wheelock as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Human Services

July 15, 2019 11:49 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey resigns; Governor Tim Walz appoints Pamela Wheelock as the Acting Commissioner.

According to a press release, Lourey's resignation is effective at the end of the day on Monday, July 15 and that Wheelock is meeting with senior DHS leadership Monday afternoon with her appointment starting Tuesday.

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In his resignation letter Lourey wrote, "It has long been my belief that our social safety net is a key component tha tmakes Minnesota one of the best places in the world to  live.  Not only do these programs - and the dedicated public servants who help them run effectively - enable people to lead healthier and fuller lives, they also demonstrate our collective compassion for one another that gives me optimism for the future.  It is because of this believe that today I tender to you my resignation effective July 15, 2019.  I believe a new leader is necessary to best execute your vision for human services and continue the critical work of improving the health of Minnesotans across the state."

Walz has appointed Pam Wheelock as the Acting DHS Commissioner writing, “I am grateful that Pam Wheelock has offered to step in to serve as commissioner while we find a permanent replacement,” Walz continued. “With decades of experience in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors, I know the top-notch team at DHS will appreciate Pam’s leadership as much as I do.”

Walz also wrote, “I would like to thank Tony Lourey for his dedicated service to the state of Minnesota as the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services ... Tony is passionate about improving the health care of Minnesotans, and I am proud of what we accomplished together this legislative session.”

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