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Radinovich to resign from Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation post

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Joe Radinovich

April 25, 2019 04:03 PM

Former 8th District DFL Congressional candidate Joe Radinovich is resigning from his position at Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, a release from the agency confirmed Thursday afternoon.

The resignation is effective next Tuesday. The agency came under scrutiny for Radinovich's hire.

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Duluth TV station WDIO reported Gov. Tim Walz's office said it was not involved in the decision to hire Radinovich for the $100,000 job. Some lawmakers accused IRRR of disregarding the hiring process when they hired him over a potentially more qualified candidate. 

"It's my intent to refocus the public's attention on the important mission of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation through my action today," Radinovich said in Thursday's release.

WDIO reported State Rep. Sandy Layman, R-Cohasset, issued a statement on the matter.

"This is an appropriate step that will help restore the credibility of (Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation)," it read. "I care deeply about improving and maintaining the integrity and reputation of (Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation) because it does critical work for the residents of the Iron Range. 

"This incident was embarrassing for the organization, and I have many questions that still need to be answered about the process and the involvement of the governor's office."

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