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Minnetonka City Manager Gunyou Announces Retirement Plans

The City Council indicated their interest in appointing Assistant City Manager Geralyn Barone as the next city manager.

Minnetonka City Manager John Gunyou has announced his plans to retire, effective June 1. Gunyou made the announcement at the end of the Jan. 9 .

Gunyou has served as Minnetonka’s city manager since 2000, steering the city through multiple fiscal challenges, while ensuring the excellent services residents have come to expect. He consistently took the long view to ensure the cost effective delivery of services and ongoing integrity of the city’s infrastructure, investing in public safety, streets, utilities and parks, despite economically trying times.

“John has been an exceptional leader for the past 11 years, and we will miss him,” said Mayor Terry Schneider. “The city has been fortunate to have John’s unique skills in fiscal management combined with a leadership style that has enabled a talented city staff to grow and flourish. He has left the city in an excellent position to continue to provide our citizens and businesses a quality, sound community.”

Gunyou thanked the council and his coworkers. “It has been a true honor to serve the city of Minnetonka, and I will be forever grateful to you for the opportunity to do so.”

In the discussion following Gunyou’s announcement, the city council indicated their interest in appointing Assistant City Manager Geralyn Barone as the next city manager. A transparent process to accomplish that will be discussed at the council’s scheduled study session on Jan. 23.

Bruce DeJong January 10, 2012 at 03:01 PM
John is a great guy and we wish him well in retirement. Geralyn Barone is a perfect replacement. It is a refreshing change from the usual process of hiring an expensive search firm and conducting endless interviews for the council to recognize the considerable talent and passion for the city that Geralyn possesses.
Kathleen Nelson April 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I do not know John personally, but I very much respect his willingness to speak up over the years about controversial issues. He has been a voice of reason in a political scene that becomes more partisan every day. I hope John will continue to use his strong voice to help end the fighting and bring us all together under the belief that this is a great state and together we can make it better.

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