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Minneapolis Park Board’s new leader expected to earn $10,000 more than predecessor

December 19, 2018

The new leader of the Minneapolis Park Board will likely make $10,000 more than his predecessor.

If the contract the board is considering is approved, Al Bangoura would begin on Jan. 20 with an annual salary of $175,000. Former Superintendent Jayne Miller was paid $165,000 a year.

State law caps public employee pay at $175,621.

Bangouras proposed compensation package is included in the agenda for Wednesday nights meeting. Bangoura is expected to be approved as the new parks superintendent, where his compensation package will also be discussed and voted on.

Other provisions of Bangouras contract include: 25 vacation days each year (can be carried over each year, but not exceed 60 days at the time of separation), same health, dental and other benefits as other employees. Miller received an $85 a month cellphone stipend. Bangouras contract does not include language for a cellphone stipend. He is also entitled for a $10,000 reimbursement for moving expenses.

Bangoura has also expressed interest in living in the historic Theodore Wirth House in southwest Minneapolis. However the contract has no language regarding a potential lease agreement. Miller lived there for about eight years, most recently paying $1,154 a month.

In November, the board selected Bangoura, a longtime former park employee, to lead the system after a national, seven-month search. Bangoura is currently the recreation superintendent for Mecklenburg County (which includes Charlotte, N.C.) Parks and Recreation.

The longtime Minnesotan spent 19 years working for the Park Board. His first job was as a recreation coordinator at Webber Park; he then worked in various positions throughout the system.

Bangoura was one of two finalists. Seve Ghose, the Metro Parks and Recreation Department director in Louisville, Ky., had also been in the running for the job.

Bangouras contract will automatically renew each year until Dec. 31, 2023, unless the board votes to extend the contract in 2020. Also at Wednesdays meeting, the board is expected to extend interim Mary Merrills contract until Jan. 19.

Merrill was appointed in January as interim superintendent with a salary of $14,278 per month.

Karen Zamora 612-673-4647

Twitter: @KarenAnelZamora

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