Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges says she wants Spencer Cronk, currently the state’s Administration Department Commissioner, to be the new Minneapolis City Coordinator.
Cronk has been state commissioner since 2011 and has been busy lately with the state Capitol renovation, along with other administrative duties.
The nomination must be approved by the City Council; a public hearing will be held before the vote.
Paul Aasen had been the most recent city coordinator under former Mayor R.T. Rybak, but Hodges said after taking office that while Aasen had done good work, she wanted a new face in the job.
Hodges said in a statement today:
“Spencer Cronk is an energetic, collaborative and visionary leader with expertise in running complex organizations in the public and nonprofit sectors. Spencer is also an innovator who has produced strong results in aligning and streamlining services, managing performance and using data creatively. His skills, experience, energy, and broad set of relationships position him well to lead our efforts to continue to run the city well.”
His state commissioner job also includes heading state property, purchasing, fleet, demographic analysis and risk management divisions, which include nearly 500 employees and cover more than $2 billion in state purchasing and $166 million in capital appropriations.
Before coming to the state, he was executive director of Organizational Development and senior advisor for the Department of Small Business Services for New York City, under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.