Minnesota legislative auditor to retire in October

Minnesota’s legislative auditor said Friday that he’ll be retiring from his role in October.

Jim Nobles started as an intern at the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department in July 1972. He became the deputy legislative auditor in 1978 before starting as the legislative auditor in 1983.

Since then, he’s been reappointed to new six-year terms as legislative auditor six other times, most recently in 2019.

But after 49 years, Nobles says Oct. 5 will be his last day.

The Office of the Legislative Auditor is a nonpartisan department that works to provide the Legislature, state agencies and the public with audits and evaluation reports of state programs and agencies.

"While it will be difficult to leave, I am confident that the good work of OLA will continue. It will continue because of the top-quality professionals who work at OLA, and because of the Legislature’s bipartisan commitment to effective legislative oversight and strong government accountability," Nobles said in a statement.