Veteran official fills Dayton cabinet labor spotby Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has selected a veteran public official to lead the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Dayton tapped Ken Peterson to lead the agency that oversees workplace safety and worker's compensation laws. Peterson held the very same job 20 years ago under Gov. Rudy Perpich.
Peterson has also held jobs in a variety of other local and state agencies including the attorney general's office.
Peterson is the third person Dayton has picked to be in his cabinet. Dayton asked MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel to continue in that position. He also picked Dave Frederickson to lead the Department of Agriculture.
He still has to pick people to lead departments that deal with budget, tax, education, public safety, health and natural resources. Dayton takes office on January 3.