Met Council chair Slawik to leave Nov. 15.


Byline: William Morris

Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik resigned her position Friday, citing unspecified health challenges.

A statement posted to the Met Council website attributed Slawik's departure, effective Nov. 15, to "health reasons caused by the stress of the position."

"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," Slawik said. "I'm proud of the work we've done together and I look forward to seeing this region succeed into the future."

Slawik leaves after roughly 10 months on the job. She was selected by then-Gov.-elect Tim Walz in December 2018 and sworn in in January.

Previously, Slawik served seven terms as a state legislator, and had just been elected to a second four-year term as mayor of Maplewood when she was chosen for the Met Council role. In a statement, Walz said Slawik's background gave her important insight into the needs of the region.

"I thank her for her dedicated service to the...

To continue reading