Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed businessman Mark Phillips as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Politics in Minnesota first reported more than a week ago that the Dayton administration was eyeing Phillips for the job.
Phillips has been director of business development at the Kraus Anderson construction firm since January 2007.
Phillips was one of a couple of candidates Dayton considered for DEED who have ties to the Iron Range. Back in the 1980s, Phillips was director of economic development at the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. He also spent 10 years as an executive at Duluth-based Minnesota Power.
Dayton also announced that Kathy Tunheim will serve as his senior advisor for job creation on a volunteer basis.
Dayton also reappointed veteran Explore Minnesota director John Edman. Edman, a former Carlson Companies executive, led the state’s tourism agency throughout Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s administration.