Austin Council selects Spencer Cronk as new city manager

Spencer Cronk, in the blue suit, is Austin's new City Manager (Photo: CBS Austin)

The Austin City Council has selected Spencer Cronk as the new city manager.

The selection was made Tuesday afternoon at City Hall.

Cronk was most recently the city coordinator for Minneapolis. The 38-year-old Minnesota native will soon leave his job up north and oversee day-to-day responsibilities for each City of Austin department, a $3.9 billion budget and 17,000 employees.

Ongoing city issues that could warrant immediate attention will include negotiating a new police contract and appointing a police chief.

In an interview last Wednesday, Cronk was asked if he would look to hire a police chief inside the department or seek someone from outside Austin Police. He said there is an "incredible wealth of talent" in the city and at APD. Cronk said he would talk to the current interim city manager for information and "make decisions from that."

In a statement, Cronk expressed his desire to make the city more inclusive and innovative:

I am honored to have been selected by the Mayor and City Council to serve as the next City Manager of Austin. I look forward to digging into the new job, meeting with city staff, residents and community members in the coming weeks and months as I make the transition from Minneapolis. Austin’s future is bright and I believe that by working together, we can build on the city's strengths to be more inclusive and innovative so everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler released the following statement after Cronk's selection:

Austin is fortunate to have Spencer Cronk as our city's next CEO. He's excels at bringing people together to address tough community challenges. He's a proven manager who gets Austin's special spirit and soul because it's within him, too.

Council Member Greg Casar said while in Minneapolis, Cronk "led the effort to make sure racial equity is at the center of their comprehensive planning exercise" and Council Member Alison Alter said he brings "important experience working with the business community in minnesota working with the parks community and as already mentioned on the equity front he's leading their super bowl efforts."

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