Citing health, Freeman says he'll take time off from prosecutor's office

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman speaks at a press conference on April 30, 2019. Freeman's office says he is taking a leave of several weeks to deal with health issues.
Evan Frost | MPR News file

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is taking a leave of "several weeks" to deal with health issues, the prosecutor's office said Friday.

"After my physical on Wednesday, my doctor and others have suggested that I need some time away from the high stress of running the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in order to restore my physical well-being," Freeman said a statement.

"I fully expect to return stronger and sharper and able to guide this office in its mission to protect the public safety and provide justice," he added.

Freeman said his chief deputies David Brown and Lolita Ulloa will be in charge of the daily decisions of the prosecutor's office.