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     Subdivision 1. Unclassified positions. Unclassified positions are held by employees who are:
     (1) chosen by election or appointed to fill an elective office;
     (2) heads of agencies required by law to be appointed by the governor or other elective
officers, and the executive or administrative heads of departments, bureaus, divisions, and
institutions specifically established by law in the unclassified service;
     (3) deputy and assistant agency heads and one confidential secretary in the agencies listed in
subdivision 1a and in the Office of Strategic and Long-Range Planning;
     (4) the confidential secretary to each of the elective officers of this state and, for the secretary
of state and state auditor, an additional deputy, clerk, or employee;
     (5) intermittent help employed by the commissioner of public safety to assist in the issuance
of vehicle licenses;
     (6) employees in the offices of the governor and of the lieutenant governor and one
confidential employee for the governor in the Office of the Adjutant General;
     (7) employees of the Washington, D.C., office of the state of Minnesota;
     (8) employees of the legislature and of legislative committees or commissions; provided that
employees of the Legislative Audit Commission, except for the legislative auditor, the deputy
legislative auditors, and their confidential secretaries, shall be employees in the classified service;
     (9) presidents, vice-presidents, deans, other managers and professionals in academic and
academic support programs, administrative or service faculty, teachers, research assistants,
and student employees eligible under terms of the federal Economic Opportunity Act work
study program in the Perpich Center for Arts Education and the Minnesota State Colleges and
Universities, but not the custodial, clerical, or maintenance employees, or any professional or
managerial employee performing duties in connection with the business administration of these
     (10) officers and enlisted persons in the National Guard;
     (11) attorneys, legal assistants, and three confidential employees appointed by the attorney
general or employed with the attorney general's authorization;
     (12) judges and all employees of the judicial branch, referees, receivers, jurors, and notaries
public, except referees and adjusters employed by the Department of Labor and Industry;
     (13) members of the State Patrol; provided that selection and appointment of State Patrol
troopers must be made in accordance with applicable laws governing the classified service;
     (14) examination monitors and intermittent training instructors employed by the Departments
of Employee Relations and Commerce and by professional examining boards and intermittent
staff employed by the technical colleges for the administration of practical skills tests and for
the staging of instructional demonstrations;
    (15) student workers;
    (16) executive directors or executive secretaries appointed by and reporting to any
policy-making board or commission established by statute;
    (17) employees unclassified pursuant to other statutory authority;
    (18) intermittent help employed by the commissioner of agriculture to perform duties relating
to pesticides, fertilizer, and seed regulation;
    (19) the administrators and the deputy administrators at the State Academies for the Deaf
and the Blind; and
    (20) chief executive officers in the Department of Human Services.
    Subd. 1a. Additional unclassified positions. Appointing authorities for the following
agencies may designate additional unclassified positions according to this subdivision: the
Departments of Administration; Agriculture; Commerce; Corrections; Education; Employee
Relations; Employment and Economic Development; Explore Minnesota Tourism; Finance;
Health; Human Rights; Labor and Industry; Natural Resources; Public Safety; Human Services;
Revenue; Transportation; and Veterans Affairs; the Housing Finance and Pollution Control
Agencies; the State Lottery; the State Board of Investment; the Office of Administrative Hearings;
the Offices of the Attorney General, Secretary of State, and State Auditor; the Minnesota State
Colleges and Universities; the Minnesota Office of Higher Education; the Perpich Center for Arts
Education; and the Minnesota Zoological Board.
A position designated by an appointing authority according to this subdivision must meet
the following standards and criteria:
(1) the designation of the position would not be contrary to other law relating specifically
to that agency;
(2) the person occupying the position would report directly to the agency head or deputy
agency head and would be designated as part of the agency head's management team;
(3) the duties of the position would involve significant discretion and substantial involvement
in the development, interpretation, and implementation of agency policy;
(4) the duties of the position would not require primarily personnel, accounting, or other
technical expertise where continuity in the position would be important;
(5) there would be a need for the person occupying the position to be accountable to, loyal
to, and compatible with, the governor and the agency head, the employing statutory board or
commission, or the employing constitutional officer;
(6) the position would be at the level of division or bureau director or assistant to the agency
head; and
(7) the commissioner has approved the designation as being consistent with the standards
and criteria in this subdivision.
    Subd. 1b. Exception. The provisions of Laws 1982, chapter 634 do not apply to the positions
contained in Minnesota Statutes 1981 Supplement, section 43A.08, subdivision 1, clause (g).
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1982 c 560 s 65]
    Subd. 2a. Temporary unclassified positions. The commissioner, upon request of an
appointing authority, may authorize the temporary designation of a position in the unclassified
service. The commissioner may make this authorization only for professional, managerial or
supervisory positions which are fully anticipated to be of limited duration.
    Subd. 3. Unclassified titles; salary rates and ranges; investigations. Except for those
positions listed in section 43A.18, subdivisions 4 and 6, when a new position is to be established
in the unclassified service, the commissioner shall compare the position to a class in the classified
service if a comparable class exists or if not, establish a salary rate or range and official title
for the position.
The commissioner shall independently or upon request of an appointing authority or
employee investigate the duties of a position unclassified under provisions of subdivision 1a
or rule. If the commissioner determines the position is incorrectly placed in the unclassified
service, the commissioner shall place the position in the classified service. If the commissioner
determines the position is improperly compared or assigned to an inappropriate salary range, the
commissioner shall recompare the position, change the title or establish a new title or reassign
the position to a different salary rate or range.
If a new title is established for the position or if the position is reassigned to a different
salary rate or range and the position will be covered by a bargaining unit under the provisions
of section 179A.10, and if there is an applicable provision in a collective bargaining agreement,
the commissioner shall establish the salary rate or range pursuant to the collective bargaining
    Subd. 4. Length of service for student workers. A person may not be employed as a student
worker in the unclassified service under subdivision 1 for more than 36 months. Employment at a
school that a student attends is not counted for purposes of this 36-month limit. Student workers
in the Minnesota Department of Transportation SEEDS program who are actively involved in a
four-year degree program preparing for a professional career job in the Minnesota Department of
Transportation may be employed as a student worker for up to 48 months.
History: 1981 c 37 s 2; 1981 c 210 s 8; 1982 c 560 s 13-16; 1982 c 634 s 9; 1983 c 258 s 11;
1983 c 289 s 10; 1984 c 462 s 27; 1984 c 544 s 79; 1984 c 640 s 29; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 166; 1Sp1985
c 14 art 9 s 75; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 186 s 3; 1987 c 312 art 1 s 13; 1987 c 398 art 10 s 5,6; 1988 c
667 s 5; 1988 c 686 art 1 s 49; 1989 c 269 s 38; 1989 c 326 art 5 s 51; 1989 c 329 art 12 s 1; 1989
c 335 art 1 s 269; 1990 c 375 s 3; 1990 c 571 s 9; 1990 c 589 art 1 s 1; 1991 c 233 s 109; 1991 c
238 art 1 s 2-4; 1992 c 567 art 3 s 3,4; 1994 c 483 s 1; 1994 c 532 art 4 s 2; 1994 c 560 art 2 s
11,12; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 59; art 4 s 64; 1995 c 247 art 2 s 54; 1995 c 248 art 10 s 3; 1Sp1995 c 3
art 16 s 13; 1996 c 395 s 18; 1996 c 412 art 9 s 19; 1996 c 425 s 3; 1997 c 79 s 13,14; 1999 c 241
art 10 s 8; 2001 c 70 s 3; 1Sp2001 c 4 art 6 s 13; 2003 c 112 art 2 s 50; 2003 c 130 s 12; 1Sp2003
c 4 s 1; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 60; 1Sp2005 c 1 art 2 s 161; 2006 c 260 art 4 s 1; 2006 c 281 art 4 s 1

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