Mayor Hodges’ Nominees to Lead City Departments Overwhelmingly Confirmed
Regulatory Services director nominated; Search for Public Works director underway
February 12, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Today, the Minneapolis City Council overwhelmingly confirmed Mayor Betsy Hodges’ eight nominees to lead city departments. Each department head is an incumbent the Mayor had nominated for reappointment. They are:
- Assessor – Patrick Todd
- Attorney – Susan Segal
- City Coordinator – Spencer Cronk
- Civil Rights – Velma Korbel
- Community Planning and Economic Development – D. Craig Taylor
- Fire – John Fruetel
- Health – Gretchen Musicant
- Police – Janeé Harteau
Each of the nominees was subject to a public hearing and vote in their home Council committee before consideration by the full Council. The newly-confirmed department heads will each fill a two-year term, with the exception of the Police Chief, who will fill a three-year term.
“Every day I come to work with three goals: grow the city, run it well, and eliminate disparities between white people and people of color,” said Mayor Hodges. “They are extraordinary leaders for Minneapolis and are committed to achieving our shared vision. They will play a critical role in transforming Minneapolis and closing the gaps that divide our communities. Congratulations to each of them.”
Each of the City’s 10 charter department heads were eligible for re-nomination. The confirmation process has just begun for Noah Schuchman, whom Mayor Hodges nominated on February 3 as Regulatory Services Director. He would succeed former director Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde, who was named deputy City Coordinator in August 2015. In November 2015, Public Works Director Steve Kotke announced he will leave the City of Minneapolis in 2016 after 27 years of service. He will continue to serve as Public Works Director until his successor is nominated and confirmed in the first half of this year.
Published Feb 12, 2016