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Information on Minnesota State Agencies, Boards, Task Forces, and Commissions

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Administration Department

Active dates:1939-

Central management agency of Minnesota state government. The Department of Administration provides a broad range of business management, administrative and professional services and a variety of resources to state agencies, local governments and to the public. Among its responsibilities, the department manages the state's procurement process, manages more than 400 construction projects and 700 property leases, maintains 22 state-owned buildings, including the State Capitol, leases vehicles, sells surplus property, coordinates the state's Enterprise Lean business process improvement program and more.

Preceded by:
Administration and Finance Commission

The Minnesota Department of Administration was established in 1939 by Governor Harold Stassen as part of an effort to reform state government's administrative functions.

The Department is a successor to the Commission of Administration and Finance (1925 Minn. Laws Chap. 426 Art 3). The department formerly had responsibility for assisting agencies in preparation of biennial budget requests, approving the allotment and encumbrance of state funds, and managing the state accounting system. These are now functions of Minnesota Management & Budget (formerly the Department of Finance).

Agency heads:

Commissioners (term: 4 years or pleasure of governor):

Leslie M. Gravlin (Dept. of Adminstration's first commissioner) June 1939 -September 1942
Theodore G. Driscoll, September 1, 1943 - 1947
Earl L. Berg, June 28, 1947 - 1954
Arthur Naftalin, 1954-1961
William E. Stevenson, 1961-1965
Stephen T. Quigley, 1965-1967
Rolland F. Hatfield, 1967-1971
Richard L. Brubacher, 1971-1978
James J. Hiniker, 1979-1983(?)
Sandra Hale, 1983-199?
Dana B. Badgerow, June 1991 - 1993
Debra Rae Anderson, August 1993 - December 16, 1994
Elaine Hansen, January 17, 1995-?
David E. Fisher, March 1999-?
Brian Lamb, January 6, 2003 - August, 2004
Kent Allin (Acting Director), September 16, 2004 - October 25, 2004
Dana B. Badgerow, October 25, 2004 - May 11, 2009
Sheila Reger, May 11, 2009 - 2011
Spencer Cronk, February 8, 2011 - August 2014
Matt Massman, August 2014 - 2018
Alice Roberts-Davis, January 7, 2019 - June 2023
Stacie Christensen (temporary commissioner), June 2023 - October 8, 2023
Tamar Gronvall, October 9, 2023 -


For a history of the predecessor agency, see Lloyd M. Short and Carl W. Tiller, The Minnesota Commission of Administration and Finance 1925-1939.

News clippings and documents: Commissioner of Administration. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1959-2015.
News clippings and documents: Department of Administration. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1971-2019.
Record last updated: 09/19/2023

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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