Metropolitan Council chairwoman Nora Slawik to resign after just 10 months

She cited health as the reason behind her decision.
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Less than a year after she was appointed as the chairwoman of the Metropolitan Council, Nora Slawik is resigning.

Slawik, a former long-serving lawmaker from the east metro, has served her two-week notice to step down from the position she took this past January, after being chosen by Gov. Tim Walz.

In a letter to the governor, Slawik said the "demands of the job are creating health issues for me," and said she would be taking some time off to improve her health.

"I am so proud of all that the Metropolitan Council has accomplished this year, and I am grateful for the hard work of the talented Met Council staff."

The Met Council, the governmental agency that oversees transit, wastewater, housing development, and the metro's regional parks, is run by a chair and a council who are appointed by the governor.

Until Gov. Walz decides on a replacement, council vice chair Molly Cummings – a former mayor of Hopkins – will become the interim chairwoman.

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In a statement, Gov. Walz said he would be accepting Slawik's resignation, and thanked her for her efforts.

"The Metropolitan Council is vital to the economic prosperity of our state. Chair Slawik brought an important perspective to this work as a former Suburban mayor.

"I thank her for her dedicated service to the people of the metropolitan region, and I wish her the best in her future endeavors."

Slawik's time in office has seen her oversee the launch of projects for the Metro Transit Gold and Orange lines, rapid transit services between Woodbury-St. Paul, and Minneapolis-Burnsville respectively.

She becomes the second Walz appointee to resign within the governor's first year of office, following the resignation of DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey this summer.

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