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Veteran Minneapolis Public Works Director Steve Kotke to step down

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said she was prepared to reappoint Kotke, who has been with the city for 27 years, 10 as the director.

Minneapolis Public Works Director Steve Kotke plans to leave his job next year after 10 years as director and 27 years with the city.

Mayor Betsy Hodges said she had been prepared to appoint him to another two-year term as director because “his leadership of the department has been superb.”

Big projects under his tenure, officials said, include the “Central Corridor (Green Line) LRT, major infrastructure changes around the new Target Field Ballpark and U.S. Bank Stadium, as well as planning for future projects like Orange Line BRT, including the 35W Transit/Access Project, the Nicollet/Central Modern Streetcar and planned extensions of Blue and Green Line LRT projects.”

There’s also been a major expansion of bike lanes and storm sewer separation.

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Hodges said: “… we are better positioned to meet that challenge because of Steve’s leadership.  He not only bought us time with wise use of limited dollars for our city streets, he also built confidence in Public Works.”