Kelliher no longer in running for parks superintendent

Minnesota House Speaker and and former DFL gubernatorial candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher on Tuesday withdrew her candidacy for the job of Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board superintendent.

The announcement came one day before Kelliher and three other candidates were scheduled to interview for the position. 

"Today I informed the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board that I am withdrawing as a candidate to become Superintendent," Kelliher said in a statement released last night. "I continue to pursue other opportunities and will share more details at a later date. I want to thank Board President Irwin and the commissioners for their interest and wish them all the best in their search."

Irwin announced Kelliher’s candidacy at the board’s Sept. 15 meeting, along with two other finalists. Another finalist applied later and was announced Sept. 28.  

The remaining candidates are Steve Rymer, who served as director of recreation and community services in Morgan Hill, Calif.; Stanley Motley, director of parks and recreation in Fulton County, Ga., and Jayne Miller, who recently resigned as the director and chief executive officer for the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority in Michigan.  

Interviews are still planned to begin at 5:10 p.m. today at the Park Board’s administrative offices, 2117 W. River Road. The interviews are open to the public and will be televised on local channel 79. 

The Park Board plans to make a hiring decision at its Oct. 13 meeting.