Get to know Mark Ruff

Q. How would you describe your leadership style?
A. I try to listen more than I talk.

Q. What do you like most about working for the City?
A. I have been very impressed in my first few days with the quality of people working for the City and how results-oriented the departments and elected officials are.

Q. What are your priorities for Finance and Property Services?
A. Continue to provide high-quality information and services to the rest of the enterprise. Credibility has always been a key value for me.

Q. What’s something surprising that people don’t know about you?
A. I make my own kombucha. I would encourage you to try it if you like healthy, slightly sweet/mostly sour beverages.

Q. What’s your favorite place for lunch in Minneapolis?
A. Spoonriver for a longer lunch or Surdyks deli for a lunch to go.

Q. What music are you listening to lately?
A. A wide range from older Los Lobos,  Van Morrison and U2 to Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and George Straight to Bach (I sing in a choir that focuses on classical music).

Q. Do you have any favorite quotes?
A. “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
— Albert Pine

Q. What’s your favorite movie?
A. A family activity when our children were growing up was to watch musicals together. For nostalgia purposes, “White Christmas” ranks pretty high. 

Published Apr 4, 2016

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