Golden Valley City Council Selects Timothy Cruikshank As New City Manager

The Golden Valley City Council concluded its search for a new city manager after interviews July 23 by selecting Anoka City Manager Timothy Cruikshank from a field of four finalists. The other finalists were Delano City Administrator Philip Kern, Windom City Administrator Steven Nasby, and former Willmar City Administrator Charlene Stevens.

The City retained Springsted Inc in May to lead the search effort, which garnered 46 applications. On June 29, the City Council narrowed the field to seven semi-finalists, who were interviewed by a City Council subcommittee July 13. After Springsted conducted background checks, the finalists met residents at a community open house at City Hall July 22 and interviewed with the full City Council and City management team July 23. Candidates also toured Golden Valley.

The City Council directed Springsted to begin discussing terms of employment with Cruikshank and hopes to consider an employment agreement at a City Council meeting in August 2015, with a start date yet to be determined. Current City Manager Tom Burt is retiring this fall.

Cruikshank holds a bachelor’s degree in government from St John’s University and a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University. He has been Anoka’s city administrator since 2001. Before that, he served as Minnetrista’s city administrator (1998-2001), Lauderdale’s city administrator (1995-98), Mounds View’s assistant to the city administrator (1991-95), and IGR office and office of public affairs intern for the City of Minneapolis (1990-91).

For more information about the city manager search process, contact Assistant City Manager Chantell Knauss at 763-593-3989.

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