Half of Dayton’s staff laid off in shutdown; 20 still working

Politics In Minnesota notes today that about 20 members of Gov. Mark Dayton’s staff have been deemed essential and are working through the shutdown.

Half of his staff, though, has been laid off, his spokesperson said.

The Legislature has been deemed essential by Judge Kathleen Gearin, so its entire staff is working.

Dayton and Sen. Majority Leader Amy Koch both said they will not take a salary during the shutdown.

Katharine Tinucci, the governor’s spokesperson, told me in an email this morning:

“There are 40 employees in the Governor’s Office. 50% are not working now. The position of General Counsel has not been filled yet, following Peter Wattson’s retirement on July 1st.”

Here’s the list of those still working, provided to PiM:

  • Lt. Governor — Yvonne Prettner Solon
  • Deputy Chief of Staff — Dana Anderson
  • Director of Operations — Paula Brown
  • Special Projects Coordinator — Jen Gates
  • Scheduler — Laura Herman
  • Assistant Chief of Staff — Micah Hines
  • Deputy Chief of Staff — Legislative Affairs – Michele Kelm-Helgen
  • Executive Assistant to the Lt. Governor — Marnie Kesler
  • Executive Assistant to the Governor — Kathy Kostohryz
  • Residence Support Staff — Michelle Mersereau
  • Deputy Chief of Staff — Communications – Andrea Mokros
  • Sr. Policy Adviser — Hue Nguyen
  • Residence Support Staff — Micah Pace
  • Director of Citizen Outreach and Constituent Services — Adam Prock
  • Residence Manager — Amanda Simpson
  • Chief of Staff — Tina Smith
  • Press Secretary — Katharine Tinucci
  • Senior Aide — Fatima Villasenor
  • Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff and Deputy Chiefs of Staff — Nicole Wittig-Geske

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by linda higgins on 07/06/2011 - 12:21 pm.

    The Lieutenant Governor is not “staff.”

  2. Submitted by Howard Salute on 07/07/2011 - 12:05 pm.

    Press Secretary — Katharine Tinucci ??

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