Gov.-elect Mark Dayton has asked Gov. Tim Pawlenty's top transportation adviser to stay on in his first cabinet-level appointment.
Dayton said Wednesday that he offered the job to Transportation Commissioner Tom Sorel immediately because Sorel had another job opportunity.
The incoming governor announced the appointment at a Capitol news conference with Pawlenty.
Sorel has headed the Transportation Department since April 2008, taking over after from Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau (MOHL'-now) after the fatal 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse. The state Senate rejected Molnau in her second job as roads chief.
Sorel came to the state job from the Federal Highway Administration.
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