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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Law provides: The department coordinates and directs the functions and services of the state relating to the safety and convenience of its citizens. (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 299A) 

Commissioner: Michael Campion 
Appointed: 2004  
Salary: $108,400

Vadnais Heights.  St. Thomas College, B.A., M.A., sociology.  Investigative, management, and legislative liaison positions, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (1972–1989); assistant superintendent, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (1989–2000); superintendent, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (2000–2004).

Bremer Tower, Suite 1000, 445 Minnesota St., St. Paul 55101
(651)201-7160; TDD: (651)282-6555
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Deputy Commissioner: Mary Ellison

Function: The department is an enforcement, licensing, and services agency that develops and operates programs in the areas of law enforcement, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, fire safety, driver and vehicle licensing, emergency management, and public safety information.

Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division conducts investigations of criminal violations relating to gambling, conducts background investigations of those licensed by the state to operate gambling establishments, and regulates gambling on Minnesota’s Native American reservations.
Interim Director: Mark Shields

Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assists law enforcement agencies, upon request, in providing investigative and specialized law enforcement services.
Superintendent: vacant

Driver and Vehicle Services Division is responsible for motor vehicle registration, driver licensing, motor vehicle dealer licensing, maintenance of driving records, and enforcement of no-fault insurance requirements.
Acting Director: Pat McCormack

Emergency Management Division is responsible for planning and coordinating disaster reduction, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts throughout the state.
Director: Kris Eide

Fire Marshal Division investigates fires upon request by local fire or law enforcement officials, and promotes fire safety through inspections and public education.
Fire Marshal: Jerry Rosendahl

State Patrol provides traffic safety and law enforcement on highways and freeways, assists motorists at crashes, and inspects school buses and commercial vehicles. Capitol Security/Executive Protection provides security for all persons and property in the capitol complex and state buildings in the Twin Cities.
Chief: Mark Dunaski

Office of Pipeline Safety inspects and investigates natural gas, propane, and hazardous liquid pipelines. The office also collects data used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a pipeline operator.
Director: Charles Kenow

Private Detective Board administers laws and rules relating to private detectives, investigators, and security service providers in Minnesota.
Executive Director: Marie Ohman

Office of Communications provides educational and information services and programs on behalf of the department. The office serves as a resource for information on all vital public safety issues. Distribution of brochures, posters, and other materials is coordinated through this office.
Director: vacant

Office of Traffic Safety coordinates Minnesota’s involvement in federally funded traffic safety programs and administers state funds for motorcycle and bicycle safety programs. The office also develops an annual Highway Safety Plan and collects data for and publishes Minnesota Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, an annual summary of traffic crashes on Minnesota’s roads.
Director: Kathryn Swanson

Office of Justice Programs serves as a catalyst for statewide approaches to reducing and preventing crime, violence, and drug abuse through identifying causes, recommending policies, and coordinating statewide and community strategies. The office administers grants related to crime victims to public and private nonprofit agencies and tribal governments, advocates for laws to protect crime victims’ rights and works to improve their implementation and enforcement, provides reparations benefits to crime victims and their families, and assists the criminal justice system in holding offenders responsible for the effects of their crimes. 
Director: Jeri Boisvert

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