Mpls. Downtown Council Prez. Resigns After A Year

Mark Stenglein told the Star Tribune that the job wasn’t a “good fit” for him.

Mark Stenglein is out as president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council after only about a year on the job.

Stenglein, a former Hennepin County Commissioner, succeeded former council President Sam Grabarski last June. Grabarski, who had headed the council since 1996, retired.

“It’s time for me to move on,” Stenglein told the Star Tribune. The job wasn’t a “good fit” for him, he told the Minneapolis newspaper, although he reportedly declined to explain why.

The Minneapolis Downtown Council works to represent businesses in downtown Minneapolis in state and local politics.

The Journal, citing a letter that Minneapolis Downtown Council Chairman Collin Barr sent to the council’s board, reported that Betsy Buckley, founder of consulting firm What Matters, which has worked with the council, will serve as interim leader of the organization.