- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to make the state’s workforce more diverse.

The state’s new Diversity and Inclusion Council aims to better recruit and retain employees from diverse backgrounds. The governor signed an executive order Tuesday creating the council. Dayton’s administration has also hired a full-time recruiter dedicated to the task.

Dayton will chair the council. Commissioners from other state agencies will round out its membership.

The governor says the state’s government should reflect Minnesota’s diverse population. He directed state agencies last year to hire more employees with disabilities.

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