County Association Names New Executive Director

The Minnesota Association of Counties is bringing a man from Oregon, with Minnesota connections, to run its operation.

Jeff Spartz will be the association’s executive director, replacing Jim Mulder, who is running for lieutenant governor with Independence Party governor candidate Tom Horner.

Spartz was Hennepin County administrator, then ran Hennepin County Medical Center before heading to Lane County, Ore., as its county administrator.

“After an exhaustive search for the right candidate, we are extremely pleased that Jeff Spartz will be joining our organization,” said association President Jon Evert, a Clay County commissioner. “His considerable county government experience makes him an ideal match for our association and we’re excited about what the future holds under his leadership.”

Spartz was born in Washington state, but graduated from high school in St. Cloud, Minn. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.

The coalition is a statewide organization of Minnesota’s 87 counties. It provides information on governance as well as lobbying for county positions.