WASHINTON, D.C. - A Benton County native is leaving her job as a federal election regulator in Washinton for a post in Minnesota Government.

Cynthia Bauerly is becoming a deputy commissioner in the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Bauerly, who for a time was FEC chairwoman, leaves that post Feb. 1 and begins her new assignment on Feb. 25.

The Department of Employment and Economic development oversees trade, business recruitment and other workforce programs for the state.

Bauerly grew up in Benton County, Minnesota, and worked in her family's road construction business during and after college.