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State Health Department official John Linc Stine is moving to become deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency serving under new commissioner Paul Aasen.

Aasen names top lieutenants at PCA

John Linc Stine

John Linc Stine

John Linc Stine, a longtime state environmental health official, is making the move to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (PCA).

Stine will become the deputy commissioner reporting to new commissioner Paul Aasen. He is currently an assistant commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health and runs the agency’s health protection bureau.

Stine replaces Tim Scherkenbach, who will stay on as a special assistant until he retires from the agency later this year. In addition to managing the agency, Stine will also lead PCA’s ongoing efforts at permit streamlining and chemical regulatory reform. Stine, who becomes deputy commissioner on March 16, will also assist with water policy and governance. He also spent 25 years working for the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Aasen also appointed Michelle Beeman as assistant commissioner for enforcement and legal policy. Beeman is currently Dakota County’s director of environment and natural resources. Previously, she worked in the state Attorney General’s office, served various capacities for The Nature Conservancy and was the DNR’s legislative director. She joins PCA on March 28.

Bruce Biser will be the PCA’s new chief financial officer. He is currently owner of B-Squared Solutions consulting firm. He has been an operations executive for Planned Parenthood, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Air Force. His first day at PCA is next Monday.

Rebecca Flood and David Thornton, who are the current PCA assistant commissioners for water and air respectively, will remain in their current positions.

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