Dayton appoints Pust as chief administrative law judge


Tammy Pust

Gov. Mark Dayton appointed former Roseville City Councilmember Tammy Pust to replace Raymond R. Krause as chief administrative law judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).

Krause is retiring on May 3 after 10 years with the office and 14 years with the state.

Pust said she got the call from Dayton on her birthday, Saturday, April 18. Dayton made the appointment public in a written statement the following day.

“Tammy Pust’s extensive legal experience in state government and her outstanding commitment to public service have made her uniquely qualified to serve as Chief Administrative Law Judge,” Dayton said in a press release. “I am confident, based on her qualifications, that Ms. Pust will serve the state with excellence in this new role.”

The OAH was founded in the mid-1970s as an independent tribunal within the executive branch.

The office conducts administrative law hearings for 120 state and municipal agencies and all hearings on workers’ compensation benefits claims. It also oversees rule-making by those agencies.

Additionally, OAH judges conduct conferences and mediations when a state or local law provides the right to challenge a government action through an administrative hearing.

The OAH has three divisions — Administrative Law, Worker’s Compensation and Municipal Boundary Adjustments.

As chief law judge, Pust will be hearing cases, but will also be responsible for overseeing the 70 employees at the OAH.

Pust has an extensive legal background. She is currently the chief legal and compliance officer at the Minnesota Department of Education, a position she will hold until she begins her judgeship on May 8.

Prior to working with the Department of Education, Pust was partner at the Parker Rosen law firm, where she focused on employment and education-related disputes.

She was also a founding partner of the Jesson & Pust law firm from 2003 to 2006, where she specialized in both employment and education law.

People in Roseville may best remember her as a Roseville city councilmember. She served on the council from January 2006 through December 2012, but decided not to run for re-election. 

Roseville residents and fellow councilmember’s praised Pust for her poised behavior and professionalism during council meetings, as well as her ability to explain the governmental process to people attending or testifying during meetings.

“Tammy always made sure everyone was respected and understood both sides of an issue,” Roseville Mayor Dan Roe said in an interview earlier this year. “She elevated the political process and made it positive for everyone involved.”

In an interview just after her term on the council expired, Pust said she did not know what the future would hold, but added that if there was an opportunity to help kids and families she would be there.

It appears she has found another opportunity to do so.

“This is a position that will allow me to draw upon my experience and passion for public service and in leadership roles in state agencies to provide justice for people, the newly appointed judge said.”

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at  jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

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