Jul 19, 2021 - Politics

Minneapolis looks for a city coordinator — again

The exterior of Minneapolis City Hall.

Minneapolis City Hall. Photo: Getty Images

Minneapolis is once again seeking a new city coordinator.

Driving the news: Mark Ruff announced on Friday that he'll step down Aug. 1, after less than two years in the role. He cited "personal and family health needs" in an email to staff.

Why it matters: The coordinator, the city's top non-elected post, works closely with the mayor and the City Council to implement policy. The role oversees a number of departments, including HR, finance and emergency management.

  • Of note: The role has seen a lot of turnover in recent years. Previous coordinators Spencer Cronk and Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde left for new positions outside the Twin Cities in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Between the lines: Ruff's tenure coincided with a tumultuous period for Minneapolis, as the city and its residents weathered the pandemic and the unrest that followed George Floyd's murder.

  • "I've known nothing but crisis management, the whole time I've been city coordinator," he told The Star Tribune.

What's next: The city Executive Committee will meet today to consider Mayor Jacob Frey's nomination of Heather Johnston, a former city director of management and budget, to fill the post in an interim capacity.

  • A search for a permanent replacement will follow in the coming weeks and months, per a city news release.

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