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Minnetonka City Council Wants Geralyn Barone For Next City Manager

The council unanimously approved Assistant City Manager Geralyn Barone to take over for John Gunyou when he retires.

Although Minnetonka is losing a highly regarded city leader, the council didn't have to look far to find a capable replecement.

At its meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, the formally accepted the resignation of City Manager , who plans to retire June 1, and unanimously approved Assistant City Manager Geralyn Barone as the designated next city manager.

“The city of Minnetonka is fortunate to have a very capable and qualified person who can step into the city manager position,” said . “While she has big shoes to fill, Geralyn has proven time and time again that she has the leadership capabilities and commitment to maintain the city’s excellent culture and maintain the city’s goal of providing quality services at great value to our citizens.”

Barone was hired by the city in 1994. As assistant city manager and director of administrative services, Barone oversees human resources and labor relations, information technology, communications, the city clerk’s office and risk management. She participates in city-wide budgeting and capital planning, is responsible for the city’s performance management program and serves as staff liaison to the park board.

Barone has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.

Mayor Terry Schneider and council members Dick Allendorf and Tony Wagner will be responsible for the city manager transition process, including working with city staff on the administrative details of the hiring process and negotiating a contract with Barone, subject to approval by the full city council.

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