Today, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey convened the first official meeting of his administration as the new government structure takes effect. Frey began the day discussing changes to Minneapolis local government with directors of all City departments to mark this important moment for the city. The government structure charter amendment approved by Minneapolis voters in November takes effect today, aligning all charter department heads under the authority of the office of the mayor.
“Minneapolis voters asked for clarity from their local government,” said Frey. “This new structure will help solidify a clear line of accountability between residents across the city, our staff, and the office of the mayor. Our administration and entire workforce is comprised of the most talented and passionate public servants in the country, and I simply cannot wait to see what this team is capable of under this new form of government.”
In the morning meeting, Mayor Frey highlighted efforts already underway and thanked city staff for their service and dedication to the collective work ahead in charting the next chapter of Minneapolis’ local government.
“We are committed to building an administrative structure and workplace culture that leverages our strengths and allows the City to move in one direction. It is through our City workforce, based on the individual character, ideas and talents of our City staff, that we will transform how we serve our Minneapolis community,” said Heather Johnston, Interim Minneapolis City Coordinator. “We are optimistic that by engaging our employees and community partners, we will be able to build a stronger, more equitable future for the City of Minneapolis.”
Last month, Frey convened an external Government Structure Workgroup made up of local experts and community partners to provide informed recommendations for establishing a more effective, accountable, and accessible government under the new structure. The workgroup has already begun to meet and will deliver its recommendations to Frey early next year.