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.