Skip to main content

DHS deputy commissioners who quit last week are staying after all

It comes less than a day after the DHS Chief of Staff resigned.
From left: DHS Chief of Staff Stacie Weeks, Deputy Commissioner Charles Johnson, Deputy Commissioner Claire Wilson.

From left: DHS Chief of Staff Stacie Weeks, Deputy Commissioner Charles Johnson, Deputy Commissioner Claire Wilson.

There's more upheaval at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, with the department's chief of staff out and two deputy commissioners who resigned last week back in.

Minnesota's largest state agency has resembled a revolving door this week, with the planned resignation of deputy commissioners Charles Johnson and Claire Wilson followed by the resignation of DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey on Monday and Chief of Staff Stacie Weeks on Tuesday.

But on Wednesday, it was announced that both Johnson and Wilson have rescinded their resignations, according to a memo sent to staff by interim DHS Commissioner Pam Wheelock.

Wheelock says the pair agreed to stay on at the department after meeting with her, something she said she welcomes "as a way to ensure continuity that will benefit the organization during this transition period."

A reason hadn't been given when Johnson and Wilson announced their intentions to step down last week, though it's worth noting that their decision to stay has only come out after the departure of Lourey and subsequently Weeks.

Weeks' decision to step down comes as little surprise given she was appointed by Lourey to be his chief of staff in February.

She had previously served as the director of public policy and advocacy at Hennepin Healthcare, as well as an earlier stint at the DHS where she was director of health care policy and federal waivers.

"Stacie brought tremendous energy, dedication and productivity to the organization and on behalf of the department I want to thank her and wish her all the best," Wheelock wrote.

The DHS, which accounts for about a third of Minnesota's $50 billion state budget, has been in turmoil since earlier this year, when a report came out criticizing its handling of child care benefit fraud, which subsequently saw the DHS Inspector General Carolyn Ham placed on paid leave while a complaint was investigated.

Next Up

image

BREAKING: Rescue efforts underway for 100+ stuck on ice chunk on Minnesota lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

JamborMugshot

Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.

6

The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.

0

Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.

MetallicaLiveLondonWikimedia

Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 6.57.31 AM

Police: Drunk-driver almost struck people watching parade in Bemidji

The man was arrested for DWI charges following the incident.

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.

Related

Claire Wilson DHS

DHS deputy commissioner reverses decision, will resign after all

Claire Wilson will leave the department this Friday.

Screen Shot 2019-08-12 at 9.58.10 AM

Gov. Tim Walz appoints new DHS commissioner

Former commissioner Tony Lourey resigned last month.

Screen Shot 2019-07-15 at 9.47.41 AM

DHS commissioner Tony Lourey announces shock resignation

His department has been under increased scrutiny this past week.

MN Department of Human Services (DHS)

'Dysfunction' at DHS led to $29M overpayments to tribal groups

The results of an audit investigation were released on Tuesday.

MN Department of Human Services (DHS)

People are mad top DHS investigator is still being paid while on leave

She was suspended from her job over a complaint — four months ago.

Gov. Walz confirms DHS has overpaid tribal groups $25M since 2014

The overpayment was revealed by the Pioneer Press on Thursday.

Sarah Walker DOC

New files reveal complaints against DOC deputy commissioner

Sarah Walker resigned from her position this week.