City council actions :: Mossaad hired

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June 21, 2010
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes
Auditing growth begins with hire of Mayo staffer

The city’s new Audit Committee unanimously voted to hire Magdy Mossaad as internal auditor.

Mossaad most recently worked as a senior auditor at the Mayo Clinic, but it was his experience establishing an internal audit program for a 5,000-employee company that really caught committee members’ eyes. Mossaad will be expected to recreate that work for the city, which is in its infant stages of building an internal audit department.

Last October, a report found that for a city of its size, Minneapolis doesn’t have as many internal auditors as it should. It long has had just one, while places such as Atlanta, Portland and Seattle have as many as 15 full-time internal audit employees. Following the report, the City Council voted to pursue plans for a three-person internal audit department.

During brief comments prior to his hiring, Mossaad said he would try his best to bring the top qualities of the Mayo Clinic’s internal audit department to the city.

“My promise is to develop a world-class internal audit department,” he said. “Even if it is small, it will be world class.”

Mossaad’s annual salary will be $97,201.

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Private company to maintain stretch of Hennepin


The City Council unanimously approved giving communications agency OLSON a special boulevard permit to take over landscaping a portion of Hennepin Avenue near the Basilica of St. Mary.

The one-block stretch, which Council Member Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) called a gateway into Downtown, has been deteriorating over the past few years, with dead bushes and weeds continuously popping up.

“It’s become terribly overgrown, and we’ve had no money to fix it,” Goodman said during an earlier committee meeting.

OLSON approached the city about a year and a half ago with interest in improving the stretch immediately in front of its offices. With the city's approval, the company now is expected to remove the bushes and weeds and replace them with shrubs and wood chips. It will leave the site’s light poles and trees in place. Work is expected to begin this year.

“I think it’s part of the private-public partnerships we are going to have to see” as budgets continue to be cut, Goodman said.

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New city clerk hired away from Kansas City area

The City Council unanimously voted to hire Casey Carl as Minneapolis city clerk.

Carl currently works as clerk of the Johnson County (Kan.) Board of Commissioners, which serves about 550,000 residents in and around Kansas City. He has been the first person to serve in that position, which involved tasks such as managing the codification of public policies and establishing a constituent services program.

The Minneapolis city clerk is responsible for managing an office that provides information to city staff and council members, oversees elections and is responsible for ensures regulations and policies are followed.

At an earlier hearing, Carl said he was “overwhelmed” and “overawed” to be considered for the position.

“The last job of a leader is to say ‘thank you,’ and in between, a leader is a servant. I am proud to be a servant of the public, and I will always strive to be a good, if not great, servant of the council,” Carl said.

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Former head of civil rights gets more severance

A delayed notice from Mayor R.T. Rybak has left the city having to unexpectedly part ways with thousands of dollars. The recipient: former Civil Rights Director Michael Jordan.

By city ordinance, department heads must be notified at least three months before the ends of their terms if they won’t be reappointed. Jordan’s notice didn’t come until Oct. 25, weeks late. As a result, he is expected to earn another three months in severance pay.

Jordan was the only department head to not receive Rybak’s endorsement for a new term. Former state Human Rights Director Velma Korbel was hired in April as his replacement.

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Gubernatorial hopefuls to square off in forums


Candidates for governor will be asked to tackle education and women’s issues in the coming days.

At a June 22 forum, at least four candidates — DFLers Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza and Independents Rob Hahn and Tom Horner — will talk about their visions and strategies for education improvement and investment. Megan Boldt, St. Paul Pioneer Press education reporter, will moderate.

The forum is scheduled for 9–10:30 a.m. at the Target Performance Hall within Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S. For more information, go to growthandjustice.org/govforum.

The next day, at least four candidates will take part in a forum hosted by the YWCA and Minnesota Women Lawyers that will focus specifically on women’s issues. The goal is to hear the gubernatorial hopefuls tackle a topic not normally at the center of their campaigns.

The forum will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown YWCA, 1130 Nicollet Mall. For more information, go to ywcampls.org.