Resignation comes with desire to focus on her health
Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik notified Governor Walz that she will resign her role, effective Friday, Nov. 15. Slawik, a former state legislator and former Mayor of Maplewood, said she is resigning due to health reasons caused by the stress of the position.
“My time at the Council has been filled with exciting opportunities to connect with Minnesotans around the region and learn more about the region’s economy and infrastructure needs," said Slawik. "The Council plays a critical role in the economic engine that is the Minneapolis-St. Paul region and in strengthening the fabric of our communities through transit connections, planning, and critical services. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together and I look forward to seeing this region succeed into the future.”
Metropolitan Council bylaws designate the Council’s Vice Chair Molly Cummings as the interim Council Chair until the Governor names a permanent replacement. Cummings is the former Mayor of the City of Hopkins, Minnesota.
A similar situation occurred in December 2018, when former Chair Alene Tchourumoff left for a new position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and then-Vice Chair Harry Melander led the Council until Slawik’s appointment.