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Jeff Spartz, a former Hennepin County commissioner, has been named executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties. Spartz's resume also includes serving as the head administrator for Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Medical Center. Currently he is the top official in Lane County, Oregon.

Association of Minnesota Counties names new top executive

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Jim Mulder (Staff photo: Peter Bartz-Gallagher)

Jeff Spartz, a former Hennepin County commissioner, has been named executive director of the Association of Minnesota Counties. Spartz’s resume also includes serving as the head administrator for Hennepin County and the Hennepin County Medical Center. Currently he is the top official in Lane County, Oregon.

“Spartz has an impressive understanding of both urban and rural county issues, which is extremely important to all of us at AMC,” said Jim McDonough, a Ramsey County commissioner and chair of the association’s screening committee, in a statement. “His experience with a large urban county paired with his current work in a county that is 93 percent rural is essential because AMC represents the interests of all 87 counties in Minnesota and we need an executive director who understands the gamut of county issues.”

Spartz will replace Jim Mulder, who retired in March after more than two decades with the organization. Mulder is currently running for lieutenant governor on the Independence Party ticket.

Spartz will take over the post in December. Laurie Klupacs, the association’s administrative and member services manager, will continue serving as acting director in the interim.

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  1. It was no surprise to me that Jeff Spartz was named to be the Executive Director of the Association of Minnesota Counties.

    As a Budget Committee member of Lane County (Eugene) Oregon during Mr. Jeff Spartz’s tenure as County Administrator, I had a chance to observe the man’s extraordinary skills and knowledge. Not only is Spartz a consummate professional with subtle and deep grasp of government and the nuances of the decision-making process, he is also a keen student of history with a broad and very human appreciation of current events and their linkage to historical influences.

    It was obvious to me that Spartz’ vast experience in a variety of important leadership roles in Hennepin County- with friendships and access to the corridors of power both in Minnesota and Washington, D.C.- was a unique skll-set that any governmental organization would be totally fortunate to employ.

    He is already sorely missed here in Oregon but our loss is, once again, his beloved Minnesota’s good fortune. Talking to Mr. Spartz on numerous occasions, it was obvious his heart was back in the Gopher State, in Minneapolis-St. Paul, sailing on the lakes, the changing seasons, with his alma mater U.of M. and his family.

    It was a unique stroke of good fortune that Lane County, Oregon had the benefit of his services and wise counsel for as long as we did. A person of his earned stature and humanity is hard to find these days.

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