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Boards & Commissions

Each year, the Governor makes between 300 and 500 appointments to over 130 boards, commissions, task forces, and advisory councils. Each entity has its own responsibilities; while some advise the State on important policy areas, others regulate key industries and professions. There is a position for everyone, and our Administration encourages applications from all Minnesotans with a desire to serve their state.

Open Appointments Process

Many of the Governor’s appointments follow the Open Appointments Process, which occurs in partnership with the Secretary of State’s Office and is detailed below.

  1. The Secretary of State announces the vacancy through a public notice once every two weeks. You can subscribe to receive vacancy notifications and view current vacancies on the Secretary of State’s Boards & Commissions website.
  2. Candidates submit applications through the Secretary of State’s Boards & Commissions website.
  3. After the Secretary of State posts the vacancy, applications are accepted for at least 21 days and until the appointment is announced.
  4. The appointing authority must review the applications for at least 10 days.
  5. The appointing authority announces the intended appointment effective five days after press release.

To receive monthly updates on new vacancies, please sign up for the Secretary of State’s email list.

Board of the Month

The Governor’s Council on Age-Friendly Minnesota will elevate the voice of older adults in developing the vision and action plan for an age-friendly state, engage with the community, including older adults, caregivers, business experts, advocacy organizations, and other stakeholders, to inform recommendations and provide updates. Governor Walz will appoint up to six members to the council, in addition to members designated by the following agencies: The Minnesota Board on Aging, Department of Commerce, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Metropolitan Council. To submit an application to be considered for appointment by the Governor, please visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Current Vacancies

This month, we’re seeking applicants for the following positions:

  • Minnesota Amateur Sports Commissioner
    • Member from the 8th Congressional District
  • State Advisory Council on Mental Health
    • Social Worker Member
  • Board of Accountancy
    • Public Member

To learn more about the work of these boards and commissions or to submit an application, please visit the Secretary of State’s Boards and Commissions website.

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