Today, belatedly from the time of request, the Mayor of Minneapolis released the names of 13 individuals that were considered for his two appointments to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. Among the names released were Butt-Williams and McCarthy who were selected. The rest of the people ranged from active public citizens in support of the Vikings and new stadium to a sitting Minneapolis City Council member.
The 13 people "considered" were Barbara Butts-Williams, Melvin Tennant, Bill McCarthy, Diane Hofstede, David Fritze, Jerry Yost, Peggy Lucas, Steve Person, Michele Foster, G. Michael Schneider, Larry Spooner, Kevin Dooley, and Cory Merrifield.
I made my request on Monday June 11th, pursuant to the Minnesota Data Practices Act for the names of the applicants which are public. The names should have been given sooner than today, before the announcement of the names. But sometimes the government wishes to control when the data should be released as they have done in this case.
I spoke with John Stiles, Communication's Director for Mayor RT Rybak. He indicated to me that the applicant's name came from different sources to the Mayor such as e-mail communication and it took time to gather all the names. Stiles also stated that there was no communication with the Governor's office in "negotiating" who Dayton picks or who Rybak would pick. After the Mayor came to his decision several days before the public announcement, they let the Governor know who they chose.
In conversation with Mr. Stiles, he stated that the Mayor considered the process of selection just as much like an appointment to the Metropolitan Airports Commission which Rybak can appoint members to. No open appointment process for that, therefore none for Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority appointments. I encouraged him to read my post from two days ago.
I hope he and Mayor Rybak will do that.