ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty picked a 3M executive to run the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and he named the man who brought vehicle tab renewals to the Web to head his Department of Administration.
Sheryl Corrigan, manager of environmental health and safety for 3M, said she will work to improve the state's climate for businesses and farmers while also improving the water and air quality.
Corrigan, 39, will take a pay cut and must retire from her seat on the Bayport City Council. She worked for the agency 15 years ago as a pollution control analyst.
"She is somebody that we want to be an environmental watchdog but who knows how to strike the right balance between being an environmental watchdog and making sure we continue to grow and prosper as an economy and as a job-providing state to our Minnesota citizens," Pawlenty said.
Corrigan said her initial attention will go to air and water quality issues and feedlot agriculture.
Brian Lamb, Pawlenty's pick for the Department of Administration, is best known for modernizing the state's Driver and Vehicle Services program, which he oversaw under Public Safety Commissioner Charlie Weaver, who is leading Pawlenty's transition.
Pawlenty said he'll also ask Lamb to take a hard look at how the state handles consulting contracts.
An Associated Press review found that the Department of Administration, under Gov. Jesse Ventura, has approved 94 percent of all new consultant contracts, despite a moratorium imposed on them by Legislature nine months ago.
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