Applications are open for the position of Ombudsperson for Corrections to oversee the Office of the Ombudsperson for Corrections, which has the responsibility to investigate any act of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, its institutions and programs.  

Gov. Tim Walz will convene a hiring panel made up of those from the public and private sectors to screen applicants for the appointment. The hiring panel will search for a an individual to serve as the head of the office designed to oversee investigations and develop strong relationships with corrections employees, incarcerated persons and other stakeholders. 

“I look forward to appointing an experienced and compassionate Ombudsperson for Corrections to ensure that we are maintaining the best correctional facilities possible,” said Walz. “Safety and due process should be the priorities of our correctional system, whether you are an employee or an incarcerated person. Reinstating this office and position affirms our commitment to those goals.” 

The Office of the Ombudsperson for Corrections was re-established this past legislative session after the position was eliminated in 2003.  

An individual wishing to apply should fill out an application through the State of Minnesota hiring portal. Application materials are due by close of business on Aug. 19.

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