Mayor nominates Paul Aasen as next city coordinator

Paul Aasen

Mayor R.T. Rybak has nominated Paul Aasen, the current commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to be the next Minneapolis city coordinator.

Aasen will bring 25 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to the job. He has served the public at the State of Minnesota under three governors of three different political parties.

Aasen has also worked in the nonprofit and private sectors. In the nonprofit sector, he served as executive vice president of Global Volunteers from 2004–07 and as advocacy director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy from 2007–11. In the public sector, he was principal of Independent Strategic Consulting from 2003–04.

He began his career in 1986 as an environmental scientist at the Metropolitan Waste Control Commission. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, the latter from the School of Public Health.

The mayor formally nominated Aasen at the May 2 Executive Committee. There will be a public hearing on the nomination at Committee of the Whole on May 10, and the appointment will be considered by the full City Council on May 11.

The city coordinator’s position opened when former City Coordinator Steven Bosacker announced that he asked Mayor R.T. Rybak not to re-nominate him, so that he could pursue a life-long dream to spend a year traveling the world.

Published May 9, 2012

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