ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — MNsure has tapped its interim leader to run the health insurance exchange permanently even though she didn't apply for the job.

The entity's board selected Allison O'Toole on Wednesday. She was chosen over Mark Nyquist, who was named the sole finalist for the position earlier this month.

The board added O'Toole as a second finalist before moving into a private meeting to vote for the position. O'Toole had been MNsure's acting head for six months and was the third person to run the marketplace where consumers can buy insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

O'Toole hadn't applied for the permanent opening. Board chair Peter Benner says they convinced her to reconsider because she was the best fit.

The latest round of open enrollment began this month.