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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The department administers and enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act, exercises leadership in the development of human rights policies, and mitigates discrimination through public education and awareness. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 363A)

Commissioner: Velma Korbel 
Appointed: 2003 
Salary: $108,400

Andover. National University, B.B.A., business administration
(1989);  American Intercontinental University, M.B.A., human resource, administration (2005). Cryptologic technician, maintenance, United States Navy (1979–1985);  office manager, Looney & Associates (1986–1989); personnel coordinator, Volt Information Services (1989–1990); senior equal opportunity consultant and acting director, equal opportunity, Metropolitan Waste Control Commission, (1990–1992); administrative manager, Metropolitan Waste Control Commission (1992–1997); director, equal opportunity, Metropolitan Council (1997–2001).

Army Corps of Engineers Centre, 190 E. 5th St., Suite 700, St. Paul 55101
(651)296-5663, (800)657-3704
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Function: The department receives, screens, and investigates charges of discrimination to determine whether there is probable cause to believe the law was violated and resolves complaints through agreement of the parties or through litigation; informs and educates the public about individual rights, the practices prohibited by the Human Rights Act, and responsibilities and remedies under the law; and administers the state’s contract compliance program, which ensures that only Minnesota companies that agree to comply with established hiring goals will be eligible to bid on state construction contracts.

Last updated: 6/1/2009 2:52:59 PM