Minneapolis Parks Chief Keeps a Tight Grip on the Reins

The following article by Steve Brandt was published in the November 7, 2015 issue of the Star Tribune.

Minneapolis Parks Chief Keeps a Tight Grip on the Reins

Superintendent Jayne Miller pushes her staff but has professionalized management of a tradition-bound system.

Minneapolis parks Superintendent Jayne Miller has bolstered a chronically ailing budget, instilled a new level of professionalism in the park district and ably responded to natural disasters.

Now she is embarking on her most ambitious plan yet: persuading Minneapolis voters to raise property taxes by more than $210 million over 15 years, providing the most comprehensive overhaul of neighborhood parks in recent city history.

She is deeply focused on ensuring that Minneapolis’ cherished park system retains its nation-leading luster, but she must balance that against skeptical city officials and voters concerned about soaring tax bills.

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Minneapolis parks chief keeps a tight grip on the reins