The Council on Black Minnesotans has hired a community services program specialist for its new office in Rochester.
The Council is one of four Minnesota minority councils criticized earlier this year in a Legislative Auditor’s report that “found little evidence that the four councils have been effective advisors or liaisons to state policy makers.”
In a recent interview, Council on Black Minnesotans Executive Director Edward McDonald told the Twin Cities Daily Planet, that he was critical of the governor’s office and the Legislature for not providing more support and direction to the councils.
In December, the Council opened an office in Rochester, on the Rochester Community and Technical College campus, and now has hired Kolloh Nimely to work there.
Nimley is working on a Ph.D. in health care administration at North Central University in Minneapolis.
The Rochester Post Bulletin quotes Patwin Lawrence, state chairman of the council, saying the office was opened because “as the council seeks to serve all communities in Minnesota where there are people of African heritage, we find the need for a stronger a presence in Rochester.”
The council has three other employees in St. Paul and a 13-member board.