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Radinovich is Resigning from Iron Range Resources

Joe Radinovich is resigning from the IRRR. Joe Radinovich is resigning from the IRRR. |  Photo: File

Updated: April 25, 2019 04:03 PM

Joe Radinovich is resigning from his position at Iron Range Resources, according to a statement from the agency.

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This will be effective next Tuesday, April 30th.

According to Radinovich, "It's my intent to refocus the public's attention on the important mission of the Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation through my action today."

Radinovich submitted the letter to his boss, Commissioner Mark Phillips. Phillips and the agency came under scrutiny for Radinovich's hire. Radinovich thanked Phillips for the opportunity.

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In a statement, the agency said, "We appreciate his concern for the agency and the region it serves. We accept his decision to step down." 

Representative Sandy Layman (R-Cohasset) sent a statement. "This is an appropriate step that will help restore the credibility of the IRRRB," Rep. Layman said. "I care deeply about improving and maintaining the integrity and reputation of the IRRRB because it does critical work for the residents of the Iron Range. This incident was embarrassing for the organization, and I have many questions that still need to be answered about the process and the involvement of the governor's office."

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