Governor Dayton appoints Adam Duininck to chair Met Council
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, January 23, 2015
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
MINNEAPOLIS — Governor Mark Dayton announced January 16 his appointment of Adam Duininck to serve as full-time chair of the Metropolitan Council.
Duininck, Minneapolis, is a former political director of Operating Engineers Local 49 and a former executive board member of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Earlier in his career, he also worked five years on road and bridge construction as a Local 49 member.
Duininck has served as one of 17 members of the Met Council since 2011,when he was appointed by Governor Dayton to the District 8 seat representing the east part of Minneapolis and the City of St. Anthony. The Governor appoints all members of the Met Council.
As chair of the Met Council, Duininck will head an agency with a budget of $927 million and 4,200 employees, including Metro Transit.
||Duininck is a former Operating Engineers Local 49 political director and MRLF executive board member
The Met Council oversees regional planning for transit, housing and parks in the seven-county metro area and also operates the region’s wastewater treatment system and plans future infrastructure development.
Duininck said of the work ahead, “our region is growing rapidly. That growth presents a variety of complex challenges. But it also presents important opportunities to strengthen our local economies, renew our regional infrastructure, and improve the quality of life enjoyed by all our residents. I am extremely grateful for the chance to serve the people, communities, and businesses of this region; I can’t wait to get started.”
Governor Dayton said, “Adam Duininck will bring both extensive experience and fresh perspective to the Council. His expertise in transportation and his working relationships with leaders throughout the region will be essential in building the transportation systems needed for its continued population growth and economic progress. Chair Duininck will be a strong, effective leader; I thank him for assuming this important responsibility.”
Upon his appointment, Duininck announced he will begin a seven-week, seven-county tour in February to learn more about local infrastructure and also to meet with community leaders and residents to listen to their concerns for their communities and for the region.
Governor Dayton has appointed several other members of the Met Council who have labor connections:
• Jennifer Munt, Minnetonka, who represents District 3, is public affairs director for AFSCME Council 5;
• Edward Reynoso, Ham Lake, who represents District 9, is political director and special projects coordinator, for Teamsters Joint Council 32;
• Harry Melander, Mahtomedi, who represents District 12 , is president of Minnesota State Building & Construction Trades Council.
In addition, Dayton appointee Marie McCarthy, Blaine, who represents District 10, is married to MRLF president Bill McCarthy.