Top DHS Officials Suddenly Quit— Why?

Top DHS Officials Suddenly Quit— Why?

Three top Department of Health and Human Services officials have resigned suddenly, leaving citizens and legislators equally in the dark.

Monday morning, DHS Commissioner Tony Lourey resigned. Last week, Deputy Commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson also left their posts without explanation.

Left to right: Tony Lourey, Chuck Johnson, Claire Wilson

Left to right: Tony Lourey, Chuck Johnson, Claire Wilson

“The abrupt, unexplained departures of the top three officials at DHS in the past week is deeply troubling, and indicative of turmoil at our largest state agency” said House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (R-Crown) in a statement Monday. “Minnesotans deserve answers and transparency from Governor Walz about what's going on,” he concludes.

The resignation of the top DHS officials comes not long after Dr. Jeiff Shiff was structured out of his job with the department. Shiff held a position with the DHS as the medical director of Minnesota’s Medicaid program for 13 years before having his position suddenly eliminated without explanation, according to the Pioneer Press.

“This event, following the reorganization that lead to my departure points to serious systemic issues with the leadership culture of the agency. I call upon Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan to… investigate,” said Shiff, according to the Pioneer Press.

Some see a connection between Shiff’s call for investigation and the sudden evacuation of top DHS leadership.

MNCRs News will continue to follow the story.

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