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Director of North Dakota workforce safety agency to retire

Bryan Klipfel, the director of North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, will retire at the end of the year after more than four decades of public service in the state.

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Bryan Klipfel, the director of North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance.
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BISMARCK — Bryan Klipfel, the director of North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, will retire at the end of the year after more than four decades of public service in the state.

Republican Gov. Doug Burgum announced in a news release Thursday, July 28, that Klipfel will step down following a 13-year stint in his current position.

Workforce Safety and Insurance, an employer-financed state agency, is North Dakota's lone provider of the workers’ compensation.

Prior to taking over WSI in 2009 under then-Gov. John Hoeven, Klipfel served 30 years in the North Dakota Highway Patrol, including four years as superintendent.

For most of the COVID-19 pandemic, Klipfel also served as the director of Job Service North Dakota, which processed record-high unemployment claims in 2020.

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“It has been an incredible privilege serving the citizens of North Dakota for the past 46 years," Klipfel said in a statement. "I appreciate the Governor’s support and the opportunity to serve as director of WSI."

Burgum called Klipfel "a champion for the well-being and safety for all" and credited him with "developing strategy that focuses on customers."

Klipfel's position will be posted online immediately.

Jeremy Turley is a Bismarck-based reporter for Forum News Service, which provides news coverage to publications owned by Forum Communications Company.
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