Three years doesn’t seem like a particularly long time to hold a job, but when you’re commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, that length of tenure is actually quite impressive. The position is so demanding that many DHS commissioners barely make it past their first year. The fact that Emily Johnson Piper stuck with it as long as she has is worthy of the record books. “I think I am the third or fourth-longest serving DHS commissioner in the state,” Piper said with a chuckle. “Nationally, the average lifespan of a DHS commissioner is a year and a half.” In November Piper announced to her staff that she had decided not to seek reappointment, leaving the position open to be filled by Gov.-elect Tim Walz. “I don’t think it is in the best interest of a new governor to keep the human services commissioner from the last administration,” she said. “All along I’ve been clear with the transition team about that. It’s never been about my agenda. It’s been about serving the people of Minnesota on behalf of Governor Dayton and his vision.” Piper isn’t concerned that her staff will falter in her absence. “My leadership team is… Read full this story
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