DFLer resigns from state post after claims of 'crony hiring'

Joe Radinovich announced his resignation from the IRRRB Thursday.
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The former DFL candidate whose hiring by a state agency prompted claims of cronyism is resigning from his post.

Joe Radinovich, who ran for the DFL in Minnesota's 8th District this past November, confirmed on Thursday that he'll be stepping down from his $100,000 position at the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board.  

It comes after an investigation by The Timberjay raised questions about IRRRB's hiring processes, with the agency limiting public posting of the position, and reportedly selecting Radinovich over a more experienced female candidate.

This in turn prompted Gov. Tim Walz to implement a new policy for statewide agencies, insisting that they post job listings of this kind for at least 21 days, with any exceptions to this requiring permission from the Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner.

In announcing his resignation, Radinovich said it's his intent "to refocus the public’s attention on the important mission of the IRRRB through my action today."

In a comment to the Duluth News Tribune, Republican Rep, Sandy Layman – who had been critical of Radinovich's hiring to what should be a non-partisan position – said: "This is an appropriate step that will help restore the credibility of the IRRRB.

"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."

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