According to a news report by MPR, Minnesota Health Commissioner Dianne Mandernach has notified her staff and Governor Pawlenty of her intent to resign effective October 2. Her last day will be September 20th. The Governor’s office is expected to make a statement Wednesday, August 22.
The Health Department’s credibility has been suspect since it became known that she withheld data on cancer deaths on the Iron Range and the possible link between taconite and mesothelioma for over a year. Read CHC related posts here and here.
Who will Governor Pawlenty appoint to fill the spot? Hopefully he wil choose an advocate for the people of Minnesota and the Department of Health instead of a morale buster like MNDOT Commissioner Molnau.
Peace & solidarity,