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North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum names interim labor commissioner

Kathy Kulesa, the longtime human rights director for the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights, takes over for Erica Thunder, who resigned to accept a new position in the state's prison system.

North Dakota State Capitol Building
North Dakota State Capitol.
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BISMARCK — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced on Wednesday, Sept. 21, that Kathy Kulesa will serve as interim labor commissioner starting Oct. 1.

Kulesa, the longtime human rights director for the state Department of Labor and Human Rights, takes over for Erica Thunder, who will resign on Sept. 30 to accept a new position as director of diversity and cultural competency at the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Prior to Kulesa's arrival at the labor department in 2002, she worked with Legal Services of North Dakota for 16 years, according to a news release.

The labor department holds responsibility for enforcing North Dakota's labor and human rights laws. The department also licenses employment agencies operating in the state.

The department has a two-year budget of about $2.9 million.

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The labor commissioner position is posted online.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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