Molly Cummings

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Molly Cummings was named interim chair of the Met Council. Cummings is pictured providing the opening remarks during the Southwest Light Rail ground-breaking ceremony Nov. 30 in Hopkins.

Metropolitan Council Chair Nora Slawik has resigned her role, effective Friday, Nov. 15, due to health issues caused by the demands of the position, according to a statement issued by the council.

Molly Cummings, the council’s vice chair and former Hopkins mayor, will serve as the interim council chair until Gov. Tim Walz names a permanent replacement.

“It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of the Metropolitan Council. I am so proud of all that the Metropolitan Council has accomplished this year, and I am grateful for the hard work of the talented Met Council staff,” wrote the former state legislator and former mayor of Maplewood, in her resignation letter.

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. The council runs the regional bus and light rail system, including Northstar Commuter Rail, collects and treats wastewater, manages regional water resources, plans regional parks, and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The council is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the governor.

A similar situation occurred in December 2018 when former Chair Alene Tchourumoff left for a new position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and then-Vice Chair Harry Melander led the Council until Slawik’s appointment.

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Kristen Miller is the community editor for the Sun Sailor, covering the communities of Plymouth, Hopkins and Minnetonka. Email story ideas to kristen.miller@ecm-inc.com

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