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The Minnesota Department of Administration (Admin) provides best value administrative services to Minnesota's state agencies and other governmental organizations, as well as various other services to diverse audiences across the state. The department was established in 1939 by Governor Harold Stassen as part of an effort to reform state government’s administrative functions. Today, the department strives to meet that mission and continues to act as a leader in government administration and operations. With $176.5 million in annual operating costs and 475 full-time employees, Admin oversees $2.1 billion in state purchases, maintains 4.4 million square feet of owned space and leases an additional 3.6 million square feet of space for over 100 state agencies, boards and councils. The agency also insures $12 billion in property and 13,400 vehicles, and manages over 400 building projects and $166 million in capital appropriations.
About Commissioner Spencer Cronk
Spencer Cronk serves as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Administration, leading the state’s real property, purchasing, fleet, demographic analysis, risk management and nine other administrative service divisions. As part of Governor Mark Dayton’s cabinet, Commissioner Cronk has focused on enhancing inter-agency cooperation and eliminating unnecessary redundancies in order to create a leaner, more cost-effective government that delivers high quality, professional services to citizens.
Previous to coming back to his home state of Minnesota, Cronk worked as an Executive Director and Senior Advisor for the Department of Small Business Services for the City of New York. Commissioner Cronk received his Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program and was a Public Affairs Fellow with the Coro New York Leadership Center. He was also selected as a Henry Toll Fellow through the Council of State Governments and is President of the National Association of State Chief Administrators.