Rybak's top aide clears first vote for city planning post

  • Article by: MAYA RAO and ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 20, 2012 - 9:22 PM

A City Council panel gave preliminary approval to the nomination. One critic described it as "political patronage."

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maddyinmplsApr. 21, 12 8:20 AM

What a joke. It's this kind of hiring that has driven Minneapolis into the ground. This guy has the credentials to decide where to put new drinking fountains and bike paths. And maybe waste hundreds of millions on a new Block E. The city council should have the guts not to confirm him. Running leftie interest groups and working for a DFL PR firm are NOT qualifications for the job.

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garagewineApr. 21, 1210:17 AM

Kudos to Gary Schiff for calling a spade a spade. In most other jobs, a lack of qualifications is a primary reason to reject a candidate, especially for a higher level position.

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namaste93Apr. 21, 12 1:53 PM

The most important qualification that this guy has is that he's a white male. Rybak's and former city coordinator (Steven Bosacker's) appointments of late have been almost exclusively white male, while talented women and people of color are leaving the city in droves, due to a lack of opportunity or because they're being forced out. Perhaps the city's HR director should investigate this - oh wait, she 's also gone. Rybak talks the talk, but does not walk the walk.

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