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Following an alleged DUI, the Montana Commissioner of Labor and Industry resigns



Helena, Montana – One day following an alleged DUI in Missoula, Laurie Esau, the Commissioner of Labor and Industry for Montana, has resigned from her position.

Kaitlin Price, a spokesperson for the Governor’s Office, said: “Commissioner Esau offered her resignation to the governor this morning, effective immediately, which he accepted. DLI Chief of Staff John Elizandro will serve as acting commissioner.”

Esau was reported as having a first-time charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs on the Missoula County jail roster on Monday morning.

According to available records, she was taken into custody on Sunday just before 6:00 p.m. and released just before 6:30 p.m. after posting bond.

Since January 2021, Esau has led the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. He was chosen by newly elected governor Greg Gianforte to the position.

She is a native of Minnesota and has held positions as chief of staff for Republican Minnesota Representative Erik Paulsen and deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

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