ST. PAUL, MN—Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, former Commissioner of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) from 2003-2011, and current member of the IRRR Board in her capacity as a legislator representing part of the IRRR service area, issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Joe Radinovich from his position with the IRRR.
"This is an appropriate step that will help restore the credibility of the IRRRB," Rep. Layman said. "I care deeply about improving and maintaining the integrity and reputation of the IRRRB because it does critical work for the residents of the Iron Range. This incident was embarrassing for the organization, and I have many questions that still need to be answered about the process and the involvement of the governor's office.
"House Republicans will be bringing forward an amendment to the State Government Finance bill to codify the changes that Governor Walz has implemented. This simple step can prevent incidents like this in the future, and I hope we will examine other ways to tighten up agency hiring practices in the final weeks of session."