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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Open Commissions & Appointments

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Minnesota is looking for bright, responsible, innovative leaders in our communities who are eager to serve on state councils, boards, task forces and commissions. The Office of the Secretary of State strongly encourages Minnesotans to apply through its open appointments process.

The Secretary of State acts as an administrator in publishing vacancies, receiving applications and recording appointments. Applications are reviewed and appointments made by the appointing authorities; questions about specific vacancies and appointments should be directed to the appointing authority.

Current and Previous Vacancies

The monthly Notice of Vacancies is posted on this website the first Monday on each month and sent to persons who subscribe to receive the notices. Subscribe to Open Appointments notices.  

Apply for an Open Appointment

Open Appointments Application may be completed and submitted online; or,

Open Appointments Application (downloadable) may be printed, completed and submitted by email to, or in person or by mail to:

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155-1299
Phone: (651) 297-5845

Applicants may also submit a cover letter, resume or other information which might be helpful to the appointing authority. Applications become public information once submitted.

Annual Report

The 2013 Open Appointments Annual Report includes a listing and description of state boards and councils; membership information; and statistical information about appointments and vacancies. A print version of the report is available at the Minnesota Bookstores, (651) 297-3000 or 1-800-657-3757.


Last updated: 8/4/2014 7:41:20 AM