New Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said Monday that she’ll keep six of the city department heads whose terms are up, but that she’s letting go City Coordinator Paul Aasen and Community Planning & Economic Development Director Jeremy Hanson Willis.
The six keeping their jobs still need approval of the City Council. They are:
- Assessor — Patrick Todd
- City Attorney — Susan Segal
- Civil Rights — Velma Korbel
- Fire — John Fruetel
- Health — Gretchen Musicant
- Public Works — Steve Kotke
Their appointments run until January, 2016.
Hodges said she’ll replace Aasen and Willis, but said nice things about them:
“I want to thank Paul and Jeremy for their service to the city and people of Minneapolis and their accomplishments. Paul has done great work keeping the City running well, building strong relationships with department heads and helping us keep our eye on big-picture issues. Jeremy has done great work in stabilizing and reorganizing the department — the department is stronger today because of Jeremy.”
In searching for replacements, Hodges said her goal is to hire leaders “who will help steer the work of CPED and the entire City enterprise toward my goals of growing the city, continuing to run it well and eliminating disparities between white people and people of color.”