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Walz names Chris Taylor as state's chief inclusion officer

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, left, speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, where he announced his appointment of Chris Taylor, right, as the state's new chief inclusion officer. Photo: AP/ Steve Karnowski
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, left, speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, where he announced his appointment of Chris Taylor, right, as the state's new chief inclusion officer.

April 24, 2019 05:56 AM

Gov. Tim Walz has named a chief inclusion officer for state government, tapping Chris Taylor from the Minnesota Historical Society for the job.

Taylor, who served in a similar role at the society, is tasked with diversifying state government's workforce of more than 30,000 people.

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Taylor said at a news conference Tuesday he'll work to illuminate the disparities, inequities and privilege that are built into the system. He says that means creating a mindset throughout state government that it's stronger when it includes workers with a broad array of experiences and viewpoints.

Previous Gov. Mark Dayton instituted the position, but Walz elevated the job to the assistant commissioner level. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan says that should help ensure the post lasts beyond the current administration.

The job pays nearly $148,000.

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