The City Council's Ways and Means Committee has approved the nomination of Steven Bosacker, director of results management, for the city coordinator job.
Bosacker has been a leader in developing the new “One Stop” shop, a resource on the city's regulatory process, and the 311 information line - a single point of contact for residents with questions about information and services.
Mayor R.T. Rybak nominated Bosacker, who served as former Gov. Jesse Ventura's chief of staff, for the job in December. He would succeed John Moir, a City Hall veteran, if approved by the full Council.
The coordinator is the city's chief administrator responsible for overseeing financial operations and intergovernmental relationships, among other things.
During a Jan. 9 public hearing, Rybak called Bosacker a “skilled architect of government,” who would be helpful in encouraging city leaders to work toward common goals and making city government more transparent.
Other former colleagues of Bosacker's who worked in the Ventura administration - including Kit Hadley, director of the Minneapolis Public Library and former commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency - lauded Bosacker for his track record in public service.
Hadley said Bosacker is “singularly focused on mission” and “intensely results oriented” in his efforts to make government services more effective for citizens.
Some challenged the nomination at the hearing, however.
Political activist Leslie Davis objected to Bosacker's nomination because of his involvement in the Ventura administration. He also expressed concerns about how Bosacker obtained his current job with the city as results manager, suggesting it wasn't an open hiring process.
Duane Reed, president of the Minneapolis NAACP, also questioned the nomination. He did not object to Bosacker's qualifications but said the city needs to do a better job of recruiting employees who reflect the diversity of the city.
City Councilmember Elizabeth Glidden (8th Ward) agreed with Reed but decided to back Bosacker after meeting with him and reviewing his work.
“I'm very excited to support his nomination here today,” she said at the hearing.
The Committee voted 5-0 to approve Bosacker's nomination to the post. Councilmember Diane Hofstede (3rd Ward) abstained from the vote because she planned to later meet with Bosacker.
The full Council considered the Committee's vote on Bosacker on Jan. 13 after this edition of the Southwest Journal went to press.