Senate committee backs Dayton safety commissioner

The state Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee has unanimously supported the nomination of Gov. Mark Dayton’s choice to lead the Department of Public Safety.

The committee backed Ramona Dohman with a voice vote Thursday. The full Senate must still vote to confirm her.

Dohman was chief of police in Maple Grove and recently served as president of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.

The Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications is holding a separate confirmation hearing Thursday afternoon for Ellen Anderson. The former Democratic state senator is Dayton’s choice to lead the Public Utilities Commission.