Interim CEO of MNsure faces DWI charge from last summer

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In the final push before the health insurance deadline the conversation switched from getting Minnesotans to enroll to MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz's run-in with law enforcement last summer.

MNsure spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough said Friday that Leitz, 47, faces a DWI charge from last August, WCCO says. He was charged with fourth-degree DWI and two other charges, FOX 9 says, after he was pulled over for driving carelessly in downtown Minneapolis. A preliminary breath test showed he was driving with a 0.18 BAC, which is more than twice the legal limit, the Star Tribune says.

"I consider this one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made," Leitz said in a statement. "It is humiliating and, as with any mistake, I will learn from it and will not repeat it."

The MNsure board of directors knew about the arrest when he became the interim CEO in December, WCCO says. Leitz became the head of MNsure after April Todd-Malmlov abruptly resigned amid criticism over MNsure's website, among other things.

When he became CEO, Leitz vowed transparency and improvements. On Friday, Gov. Mark Dayton and the MNsure board members expressed support for the work he has done with the new exchange program, the Star Tribune says.

"My association with Leitz began after the MNsure board hired him as acting CEO last December," Dayton said in a statement. "From everything I know, Mr. Leitz has provided MNsure with excellent leadership and has greatly improved its services to the people of Minnesota."

MNsure Chairman Brian Beutner and Vice Chairman Peter Ben­ner showed their support for Leitz in a statement, published, in part, by the Star Tribune:

“Since we ap­point­ed him in mid-De­cem­ber, MNsure has turned a cor­ner,” Beutner and Benner said in the statement. “Un­der his lead­er­ship the MNsure website has sta­bi­lized, the con­sum­er ex­peri­ence has im­proved and his com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been open and trans­par­ent. We value his lead­er­ship as we con­tin­ue to make prog­ress for Min­ne­so­tans.”

If convicted, Leitz could face a $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail or both, the newspaper says.

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