Julie Marinucci has been chosen as the new land commissioner and director of the St. Louis County Land and Minerals Department.

As director, Marinucci will lead a staff of 52 responsible for managing approximately 900,000 acres of tax-forfeited trust lands, a county news release said this week.

"Julie brings strong leadership and extensive knowledge and experience to this role, not to mention tremendous vision and insights," County Administrator Kevin Gray said. "Her work in mining and natural resource management, and the strong working relationships she has developed with public agencies and the private sector will serve us all well."

Marinucci holds a degree in mine engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to joining the county, she held multiple jobs in the mining industry on the Iron Range, including mine operations and engineering.

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Marinucci first joined the county in 2018 as the mineral development specialist, a county news release said this week. The following year, she was promoted to deputy director of Land and Minerals. Her appointment to lead the department follows the retirement of previous director Mark Weber earlier this spring.

“St. Louis County is home to dynamic forestry and mining industries as well as recreation and business development opportunities," Marinucci said. "The ability to leverage the land base with a focus on sustainable development and partnership provides for exciting growth potential. I am proud of the work of the Lands and Minerals team and look forward to serving the people of St. Louis County.”

The majority of the land is maintained with an emphasis on sustainability for healthy forests. Additional work is done to determine mineral wealth below the surface, and to preserve or create recreation opportunities. Those tax-forfeited properties determined to be not suitable for resource management are offered for sale through public auction as a way to encourage development and increase the property tax base.