Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm Announces Retirement 


On November 16, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm announced that she will retire from her position.  

She has served as health commissioner under three governors. Her first stint, 1999 to 2003, in the Jesse Ventura administration. Gov. Mark Dayton tapped her for health commissioner in 2018, where she stayed until presently.  

Malcolm was among four commissioners who indicated that they would not continue during Gov. Walz’s second term.  

In a statement, MMA President Will Nicholson, MD, said: “The MMA thanks Commissioner Jan Malcolm for her many years of service and excellent leadership of the Minnesota Department of Health. Throughout her career, she has steadfastly focused on protecting public health and defining good public health policy. Her steady, transparent, and science-driven guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic has helped Minnesotans fare better than most other states. We wish her the best in her retirement.”