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Executive Order 14-14

In 1999, ten percent of state employees had a disability. The number had plummeted to 3.8% in 2014.  

Who this impacts

  • Current and future State of Minnesota employees with disabilities, including those who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing
  • State agencies, commissions, and boards


Governor's Executive 14-14, signed August 4, 2014, which requires that at least 7% of state employees be people with disabilities. In 2014 the employment level was 3.8%. The Commission staff and board were the lead negotiators. The order includes that staff is trained on the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, reinstates a state law that allows qualified applicants with disabilities to be hired without a competitive process and that a website track and monitor the state's progress on meeting the hiring goals. The Commission helped to develop the website in collaboration with Minnesota Management and Budget. We also sit on the cross-agency committee that meetings bi-monthly to ensure implementation. View Executive Order 14-14 (PDF).

The Commission co-created the Executive Order 14-14 landing page that tracks the percentage of employees with disabilities and also has a spreadsheet that breaks it down per state agency.  The landing page includes information on disability etiquette and laws and policies.  We believe we will reach the goal of 7% by August 2018, the goal set in the order. 

Who was involved

  • Alex Bartolic, Director Disability Services  DHS
  • Ann Feaman, ADA Coordinator, MMB
  • Colleen Wieck, Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities 
  • David Rosenthal, Director, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division DHS
  • Joan Willshire, Executive Director Minnesota State Council on Disability
  • Kim Moccia, Program Coordinator Minnesota STAR Program 
  • Kim Peck, Director Vocational Rehabilitation Services DEED
  • Richard Strong, Director State Services for the Blind
  • Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans Employment Task Force
  • Alan Parnes, Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
  • Ann Feaman, Minnesota Management and Budget ADA Coordinator
  • Blaine Lashbrook, Director Minnesota Employment Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Brad Harper, Superintendent MN State Academies
  • Christine Marble, CEO Career Ventures
  • Diane Currie Richardson, Rehabilitation Counselor DEED
  • Dave Smith, Work Placement State Services for the Blind
  • Don Lavin, Strengths at Work 
  • Elise Knopf, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Coordinator Vocational Rehabilitation Services 
  • Jessalyn Frank, Regional Director Communication Services for the Deaf
  • Joan Distler, Rise, Inc
  • John Lee Clark, Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
  • Katy Kelley, State Services for the Blind 
  • Lisa Holden, DEED
  • Marie Koehler, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division
  • Mary Jo Duncan, Minnesota Employment Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Nick Maryns, Governor’s Workforce Development Council
  • Ron Adams, Employment Specialist DEED
  • Sherri Rademacher, State Rehabilitation Council
  • Sonny Wasilowski, Minnesota Association of Deaf Citizens
  • Steve Franz, Minnesota State College and University System
  • Steve Kuntz, Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Tina Sundae, VECTOR Intermediate School District 287
  • Wendy DeVore, Career Ventures
  • Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)
  • Commissioner Schowalter
  • Assistant Commissioner O’Brien
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