Spartz returns to head Association of Minnesota Counties

Jeff Spartz, a longtime Hennepin County commissioner and executive, is moving back from Oregon to take over as executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties.

Since 2007, he’s been county administrator in western Oregon’s Lane County, which includes Eugene.

He told the Eugene Register-Guard that he was eager to get back to Minnesota, where his wife, Laura, remains. He also apparently had a lukewarm job review in June.

He told the paper: “When you spend roughly 40 percent of your time in board meetings, you just don’t have enough time to take care of all the needs of the people that report to you.”

He’ll take over at AMC from Jim Mulder, who’d been there 21 years but left to run for lieutenant governor on the Independence Party ticket with Tom Horner.

Spartz served as a Hennepin County commissioner from 1977 to 1991, then was county admistrator from 1996 to 1999, and was director of the Hennepin County Medical Center from 1999 to 2006.

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