Golden Valley is hiring Anoka City Manager Tim Cruikshank to run its municipal operations.
It’s the latest in a series of suburban management moves resulting from a wave of retirements. Bloomington, Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids have all hired new city managers this year.
Cruikshank was one of 46 applicants and one of four finalists for the Golden Valley job. He will succeed City Manager Tom Burt, who retires this fall.
Earlier this year, Bloomington hired Brooklyn Park City Manager Jamie Verbrugge to replace its retiring manager, Mark Bernhardson.
Brooklyn Park is in the final stages of hiring its next manager. Coon Rapids promoted Assistant City Manager Matt Stemwedel to its top job when City Manager Steve Gatlin retired this year.
City managers oversee city departments and are the liaison between the hired staff and the elected council members.
Cruikshank has worked in Anoka since 2001. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University. He served as Minnetrista’s city administrator from 1998 to 2001 and Lauderdale city administrator from 1995-98.