Jay Stroebel, who has worked in various city coordinator and director roles for Minneapolis since 2005, will be the new city manager in Brooklyn Park.
Brooklyn Park officials announced last week that Stroebel, 42, was selected to replace Jaime Verbrugge, who left to become Bloomington’s new city manager. Stroebel was also a finalist for the Bloomington job.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to be Brooklyn Park’s next city manager,” Stroebel said. “Brooklyn Park is a great opportunity to use what I’ve learned over the last 10 years in Minneapolis and use that leadership and expertise in the city manger role in Brooklyn Park … working with the residents, community partners, staff and elected officials to fulfill that promise that Brooklyn Park has.”
Stroebel, originally from Rochester, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the state’s sixth- largest city, and oversee more than 400 city employees.
He has been praised for his leadership in Results Minneapolis, a performance and management tool used by the city’s leaders “to measure their work in achieving adopted goals and vision,” according to a Brooklyn Park news release. His résumé includes a handful of posts in Minneapolis, including his most recent role as the deputy city coordinator, surviving as the interim city coordinator, director of regulatory services and director of planning and management. He also served on a number of executive positions for Minneapolis Public School and the state.
Stroebel, the father of two daughters, holds a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s from St. Olaf College.
“Jay has impressive credentials and qualities of a true leader. We are excited to have him bring his leadership to the city to make our community the best it can be,” Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde said in a news release.
Brooklyn Park hired a consulting firm to conduct a nationwide search.
“It became very apparent that the right person for the job … is Mr. Stroebel,” said council member John Jordan. “From my seat he was the best by a lot.”
At Stroebel’s appointment last week, Jordan acknowledged that he originally wrote “no” on his application because “he comes from the city of Minneapolis [and] that worried me a little bit because I don’t want” a big-city feel like “Minneapolis in Brooklyn Park.”
“But it became apparent that we are going to see a significant change in our city … a different leadership, different in this case is good,” Jordan said. “And I’m extremely excited I changed my mind.”
Stroebel, who begins on Aug. 24, said he will spend the first few months “learning and listening” and then create a “game plan and move ahead.”
“I’m really excited about being engaged and work with the diversity of residents and businesses within Brooklyn Park,” Stroebel said. “And try to figure out how to tap those assets and continue to make Brooklyn Park the best city it can be.”