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Dayton names political vet Ken Peterson to head Labor and Industry

Ken Peterson will be Minnesota’s next Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Gov.-elect Mark Dayton said today.

It’s familiar ground for Peterson, who held the same job 20 years ago in the Rudy Perpich administration.

Peterson has had other top local and state government jobs, too. I remember him well when he was chief of staff for St. Paul Mayor Jim Scheibel in the early 1990s.

Other positions include: executive director of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Public Service Department and Department of Labor and Industry, director of the St. Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development and deputy attorney general for government operations.

Said Dayton: “I have known, worked with, and respected Ken Peterson for almost 30 years. He is one of the most dedicated and effective public servants I have ever known. He brings exceptional experience and expertise back to the agency he has led before.”

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Karl Bremer on 12/22/2010 - 11:29 am.

    This is great news for Minnesota. Ken Peterson will make an excellent commissioner to help pull Minnesota from the economic ditch the Pawlenty Administration has left us mired in.

  2. Submitted by Andrew Hine on 12/22/2010 - 03:51 pm.

    Woo hoo! Ken is fabulous, and a genuine, community-minded man. Couldn’t be happier for him, for West Enders, and for all of Minnesota.

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