The Minnesota Department of Human Services is losing another top leader.
Assistant Commissioner Marie Zimmerman, who also serves as the state Medicaid director, is leaving the department Sept. 10. Her departure follows recent revelations of financial missteps at the department involving federal Medicaid money.
In an email to staff announcing the departure, interim Human Services Commissioner Pam Wheelock said Zimmerman is recovering from a recent accident. She also praised Zimmerman as a “driving force behind some of the largest and most consequential reforms in Minnesota’s Medicaid program.”
The department’s new commissioner, Jodi Harpstead, is scheduled to begin her job next week.