Mayor Frey to nominate Heather Johnston to serve as interim City Coordinator

July 16, 2021

At the Monday, July 19 meeting of the Executive Committee, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey will nominate Heather Johnston to serve as interim City Coordinator following the departure of Mark Ruff. Ruff, who served as the City’s Chief Financial Officer prior to becoming City Coordinator, will leave City Hall in early August. Johnston previously served the City of Minneapolis in the Finance Department, and most recently led the City of Chanhassen as its Interim City Manager.

“Mark Ruff is one of the finest public servants I’ve been fortunate enough to call a colleague. His reputation has been built on his dedication to Minneapolis residents and our local government staff, and his skill as a manager and leader in local government are beyond reproach. Mark has provided stability amid the most turbulent moments by keeping those around him grounded in our bedrock values. Minneapolis is a better place and City Hall is better positioned because he was here to help navigate the challenges we’ve faced,” said Frey. 

“We wish Mark the very best, and I’m pleased to announce the nomination of Heather Johnston to serve in the interim Coordinator role. Heather’s strong background in navigating complex public and private sector organizations have prepared her to hit the ground running, and we are excited to continue the important work ahead with her.” 

Johnston brings more than 15 years of leadership and management experience and nearly 20 years of experience working for cities to this interim appointment. Her public service began in Washington D.C. and has continued through her most recent appointment with the City of Chanhassen. She previously served with the City of Minneapolis, working in the Finance Department as Director of Management and Budget for seven years. Johnston also serves as a Board Member of the Twin Cities Urban League and National Civic League.

“It is an honor to step into the role of interim City Coordinator at such a pivotal and hopeful time for our city,” said Johnston. “Minneapolis residents, workers, and businesses have shown the world what resilience looks like and the work of this local government is a shining example of exactly that. I love Minneapolis, and believe that when the city succeeds, our region succeeds. I’m grateful to Mayor Frey for his confidence and look forward to serving as part of a local government collectively committed to equity, inclusion, and the prosperity of all its residents.” 

Frey will nominate Heather Johnston to serve as the interim City Coordinator before the Executive Committee on Monday, July 19. The City will undertake a competitive search for a permanent replacement in the weeks and months ahead.