Rybak nominates PCA commissioner for city coordinator post

Mayor R.T. Rybak has nominated Paul Aasen to take over as city coordinator, the second nomination Rybak has made this week after he selected Janee Harteau as the next police chief.

Aasen is currently the commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. He’s served under three governors from three different parties. He was also Gov. Jesse Ventura’s director of government operations and Gov. Arne Carlson’s executive director of the Minnesota Emergency Response Commission.

“He brings a wide range of experience across many fields to a job that requires it,” Rybak said in a statement. “I’m also especially pleased that he brings a deep environmental background to a city with deep green values and proven results in enhancing our sustainability.”

Aasen will be nominated at Wednesday’s Executive Committee meeting with full City Council approval scheduled for next week. 

The former city coordinator, Steven Bosacker, resigned as of March in order to travel the world. He had held the position since 2006.

Rybak selected Jayne Baccus Khalifa to serve as interim city coordinator for 90 days following the Bosacker departure. Khalifa was retired, but previously served as the city’s Civil Rights Department director and, most recently, as the deputy city coordinator. 

Here’s a position description from the announcement:

The Minneapolis city coordinator is a key advisor to the Mayor and City Council on strategic planning, budget development and policy decisions. The city coordinator drives the City’s results-management agenda, the cornerstone of which is Results Minneapolis, where ever City department sets measurable performance goals and then tracks and reports progress towards achieving those goals.

In addition, the coordinator is the chief administrator for Minneapolis City government’s enterprise operations and priorities, including the City’s finance operations, intergovernmental relations work, neighborhood and community relations, sustainability initiatives, communications and public affairs, human resources, and 311 and 911 operations.