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Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Commissioner's Office

Phone:  (651) 284-5010 or 1-800-342-5354
Fax:  (651) 284-5720
Email:  dli.communications@state.mn.us

Commissioner's Office
443 Lafayette Road N.
St. Paul, MN  55155

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Commissioner Ken Peterson

Photo, Ken Peterson, DLI commissionerKen Peterson has served as commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry under Governor Mark Dayton since January 2011. He previously served in the same position from 1988 to 1990. The agency oversees the state's apprenticeship, construction codes and licensing, occupational safety and health, wage and hour standards, and workers' compensation programs. His chief goal in the Dayton Administration’s second term are to help better prepare Minnesota’s future workforce, make the state’s workplaces safer and work with labor and employers to improve the workers’ compensation system.

Peterson has served in other leadership roles at the state and city levels.┬áHe served as deputy attorney general at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office; was deputy commissioner for utility regulation of the state Department of Public Service; directed St. Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department and was chief of staff for St. Paul’s mayor.

In addition to public service, Peterson has worked in private law practice and as an associate professor of management at Metropolitan State University. Peterson started his legal career on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is president of the National Association of Government Labor Officials and serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Safety Council, St. Paul District Energy and The History Theater.

Peterson grew up in Osakis, Minnesota, and is a graduate of Hamline University (B.A.); George Washington University (J.D.); and Harvard University (MPA). He and his wife live in St. Paul and have two adult children.

Deputy Commissioner, Chris Leifeld

Photo, Chris LeifeldChris Leifeld is DLI's deputy commissioner and also oversees the Workers' Compensation Division since Jan. 1, 2015. He joined DLI in 2011 and has served as the director of the division's Vocational Rehabilitation unit and Alternative Dispute Resolution unit.

Prior to his work at DLI, he was the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference
for nine years.

Leifeld is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas (B.A.) and from the University of
Minnesota (master's degree in education).

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