Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says he’ll tighten hiring rules after a prominent Iron Range Democrat was hired for a civil service job without going through the normal hiring process.
The Star Tribune reports that Walz’s move comes after Joe Radinovich, a former state legislator, was fast-tracked for a job at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.
The weekly Timberjay newspaper first reported on Radinovich’s unusual hiring, in which the job posting time was cut from the usual 21 days to 24 hours. The Timberjay also reported that an organizational chart produced by board staff nearly a week before the posting listed Radinovich in the job.
IRRR Human Resources Director Barbara Sanders said in a memo requesting the short posting period that it was necessary for several reasons, including meeting the governor’s expectations.
Walz said the expedited hire was made without his knowledge or direction and the administration will require all classified management jobs to be posted for 21 days.