KSTP News reports that Gov. Mark Dayton wants Ted Mondale to be chair of the new Stadium Authority that was established by the Legislature to oversee the new Vikings stadium.
Also under consideration for the Authority are U.S. Bank CEO Richard Davis and former Target CEO Bob Ulrich, the story says.
Mondale has been chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, manager of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which eventually will be torn down to make way for the new publicly funded stadium. Dayton appointed Mondale to that position soon after taking office in January 2011.
Dayton gets to appoint the Authority chair and two other members of the five-member board; Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak will appoint the other two.
The KSTP report says Mondale might not want to take on the new position, and that Duane Benson might be considered for the chair. Benson, a former NFL player, served in the Legislature and was head of the Minnesota Business Partnership.
In addition to Dayton’s consideration of business leaders Ulrich and Davis, the story says Rybak would like to name Bill McCarthy of the Minneapolis Central Labor Council, as a favor to labor for its support of the stadium, and Barbara Butts-Williams, the dean of education at Capella University, for her management experience.
Both Dayton and Rybak are expected to name their choices later this week.