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Burgum names one leader for both Labor Department, Job Service

BISMARCK – Gov. Doug Burgum has combined the state Labor Department and Job Service North Dakota leader’s role into one job.

Filling the position will be Labor Commissioner Michelle Kommer, who will also serve as Job Service North Dakota executive director.

Kommer had been serving as interim executive director of Job Service since Aug. 22, following the resignation of Cheri Giesen.

“Consolidating the leadership of these agencies under one capable, proven leader like Michelle will benefit the state and the agencies,” Burgum said. “Strong leadership, cost savings to the state, and logical cross-agency collaboration mark tangible progress toward our efforts to reinvent government.”

Burgum appointed Kommer as state Labor Commissioner in November 2016. Kommer, who is also a lawyer, brings more than 20 years of experience to her role, having led human resources, operations and legal functions in the financial services, health insurance and energy/manufacturing industries.

Kommer has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She was named YWCA’s Woman of the Year for Child Advocacy in 2016 and was named one of the “Top 25 Women in Business” by Prairie Business Magazine in both 2014 and 2015.