Heineman Names Acting Labor Commissioner, Director of Economic Development

Dacia Kruse

Gov. Dave Heineman has chosen two individuals to serve as acting directors of the Department of Economic Development and Department of Labor following the announcement that current Director/Commission Catherine Lang will leave the positions later this month to take a private sector job.

Heineman announced Monday that he has chosen 42-year-old Dacia Kruse for acting director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and 60-year-old John Albin as acting commissioner of the Department of Labor.

Kruse currently serves as deputy director of the Department of Administrative Services, a position she has held for three years. Prior to that, she worked for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce to develop public-private partnerships in the community.

Kruse also worked as the chamber’s primary government relations official to create economic development legislation.

“I am excited to join the team at the Department of Economic Development and to build on the momentum that has been created with the national recognition Nebraska continues to receive as a place to create jobs,” said Kruse.

Albin has worked at the Department of Labor for more than 24 years, first as an administrative law judge in 1990. He joined the department's legal division in 1993, and became general counsel in 2000. He was a private practice attorney before joining the department.

“I look forward to this new opportunity to serve the citizens of the state of Nebraska and to build upon the successes of Commissioner Lang at the Department of Labor,” said Albin.