City Council approves nomination of Spencer Cronk as new City Coordinator

Today, the City Council unanimously approved the nomination of Spencer Cronk as the new City Coordinator at the City of Minneapolis. Mayor Betsy Hodges nominated Cronk for the position on July 22.

Cronk served as commissioner of the State of Minnesota Department of Administration since 2011. As commissioner, Cronk led the state’s real property, purchasing, fleet, demographic analysis and risk management divisions responsible for more than $2 billion in State purchasing and $166 million in capital appropriations, with nearly 500 employees. In his role as commissioner, Cronk also served as chair of the Minnesota Public Data Governance Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Environmental Quality Board and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council.

Prior to that, Cronk served as executive director of Organizational Development and senior advisor for the Department of Small Business Services for the City of New York, under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His accomplishments there included the design and implementation of a comprehensive performance-management system and the development of a program for integrating new employees, which was used citywide as a best practice template for the City of New York’s 300,000 employees.

Cronk has also served on a number of community organizations and agencies, including as an Advisory Council member for Northern Spark, a member of the Minnesota Advisory Board of the Trust for Public Land, and a member of the Itasca Project Task Force on Socioeconomic Disparities in the Twin Cities.

Cronk has a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and was a Public Affairs Fellow with the Coro New York Leadership Center.

Cronk’s first day with the City will be Thursday, Aug. 28.

Published Aug 15, 2014

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