Mayor Frey nominates Alberder Gillespie to lead Civil Rights Department

March 16, 2022

Today, Mayor Jacob Frey will nominate Interim Director of Civil Rights, Alberder Gillespie, as Director of Civil Rights. Gillespie has demonstrated an enduring commitment to integrity, justice, and transparency during her time with the City, including as Interim Director of the Civil Rights Department since November 2021.

“Alberder Gillespie has prioritized inclusivity and excellence no matter the task,” said Frey. “I know she will be an exceptional leader for the Civil Rights Department, and I am grateful for her willingness to continue her public service with our team at the City of Minneapolis.”

“I understand that this is a pivotal time for the city,” said Gillespie. “A time when we must uplift and defend the civil and human rights of the people who live, work, and visit Minneapolis. As the Director of the Civil Rights department, I stand ready to work with the Mayor and community to move Minneapolis forward.”

As Interim Civil Rights Director, Gillespie has moved quickly to develop relationships with her team including in the Labor Standards Division and the Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR). Earlier this week under Gillespie’s leadership, OPCR released a preliminary internal review of high-risk search warrants served between September 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

Gillespie also led the City’s 2020 census efforts as the Census Operation and Engagement Manager for the Neighborhood and Community Relations department. Gillespie’s hard work led Minneapolis to a 74% self-response rate, which was 1.2 percentage points higher than the Minneapolis self-response rate in 2010.

The Mayor’s nomination will be transmitted to the Minneapolis City Council for consideration at its March 24 meeting. Under the new government structure, the length of charter department head terms is four years.