The city of Minneapolis is losing the most influential non-elected official most people have probably never heard of. City Coordinator Steven Bosacker announced he’s leaving next month. For the last six years, Bosacker has worked primarily out of the public eye on several major policy issues, most notably the creation of the 311 information call line and the city’s conversion from the 20-year-old Neighborhood Revitalization Program to the Neighborhood & Community Relations Department.
Bosacker didn’t operate completely in the shadows. Anyone who has watched a city council meeting has probably seen him called to the podium in council chambers to answer an elected official’s question. Advising the council and mayor are just two of several duties of the position. Bosacker also oversaw six city departments.
In a press release Mayor RT Rybak praised Bosacker’s work:
Steven Bosacker is one of the most gifted public administrators in the history of Minnesota and his work for Minneapolis had been nothing short of transformative.
Bosacker says he’s leaving to pursue a “life-long dream” of traveling the world.
No word yet from the city on a possible interim or permanent replacement.