July 05, 2018 08:14 PM
The search for a new superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is on.
Former superintendent Jayne Miller resigned in February to join the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. She announced her plan to leave in December after criticism from protesters and incoming board members over the agency's racial equality plan, a key initiative for Miller.
Now the search for her replacement continues.
Board president Brad Bourn said board members want to make sure the person hired is able to make sure the city's youth have the tools they need to grow into healthy and productive adults, regardless of where in Minneapolis they reside.
Bourn said whomever is selected will wear a lot of hats.
"An environmentalist might come at it from one angle," he said. "A youth service provider may come at from another. I think the board can make a good and strong decision with somewhere between a slate of three and five leading candidates."
Several challenges await the new superintendent. They include dealing with an aging infrastructure, dealing with land management and a diverse workforce.
"Understanding that the diversity of our city is what makes us a strong and compelling place to live work and play so having a superintendent that understands that and how to work with different constituency groups," Bourn said.
For the first time the board has requested public input.
Interim superintendent Mary Merrill said she's not interested in the job. The board is hoping to have a new leader in place by Nov. 1.
The new superintendent will work with a mostly new park board because six of nine commissioners were elected in November.
The agency has a staff of over 500 full-time workers and a roughly $111 million yearly budget.
The Associated Press contributed to this story
Updated: July 05, 2018 08:14 PM
Created: July 05, 2018 06:37 AM
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