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Cronk picks second in command

Friday, August 2, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has picked his deputy city manager in what a city press release calls the “final step in reorganizing his executive team to align with Austin’s Strategic Direction.” Beginning Oct. 1, Nuria Rivera-Vandermyde will advise Cronk and oversee city departments focused on “government that works for all.” Like Cronk, Rivera-Vandermyde comes from Minneapolis, where she is currently serving as the city coordinator. Her key accomplishments, according to the press release, include “leading the City’s Minimum Wage and Safe & Sick Leave ordinances, creation of a Division of Race and Equity for the city of Minneapolis, passage of the City’s first Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan, overhaul of the City’s performance management program, development of the City’s comprehensive tiered licensing system, establishment of the Transgender Equity Council, and successful transition of homeless encampment to a service-rich Navigation Center.” The appointment of Rivera-Vandermyde rounds out Cronk’s executive team. Elaine Hart, who is currently serving as the deputy city manager in addition to her role as the city’s chief financial officer, will remain on the executive team and continue as CFO until her planned retirement.

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