Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

1997-2002: City Coordinator Took Interim Control of the CRA


During 1996, the City Council raised the issue of consolidating the CRA with the City Coordinator’s Office to reduce expenses, improve coordination, and provide better access to services. At a meeting in June 1997 (City Council Meeting Minutes, June 27, 1997), the Minneapolis City Council met and discussed a range of proposals, including whether to eliminate the CRA Director position or even abolish the CRA entirely. By meeting’s end, the City Council had transferred the CRA to the City Coordinators Office, and appointed a redesign team to study six areas:

The redesign team met and concluded that the CRA should remain independent from the Minneapolis Police Department and other Minneapolis city departments. The team also recommended measures to increase CRA visibility in the community and to improve CRA service in the six different study areas. See . The CRA Board of Directors responded to each of the redesign team’s recommendations. See .

Meanwhile, the CRA undertook steps to monitor the quality of service. For more information see:


Last updated Jul 13, 2017



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