You might remember Kate Knuth, who was supposed to be the bright young DFL hope. She once represented New Brighton in the legislature, but mysteriously stepped aside after three terms. After kicking around for a while, she got herself a plush job with the City of Minneapolis as "Chief Resilience Officer." Well, it didn't last long:
The chief resilience officer of Minneapolis, Kate Knuth, has stepped down after seven months on the job.If the goal of the position was to figure out the challenges Minneapolis faces, the city could have saved a lot of money had they simply given Betsy Hodges a mirror, but we'll leave that aside. Think about being on a job for seven months and not delivering any finished work product. It's astonishing, really. I fully expect our old friend Kate to return to academe, where not delivering work product isn't likely to raise as many eyebrows.
Hired for the grant-funded position in June, Knuth was responsible for responding to “challenges” facing the city, which ranged from low graduation rates for black students to the risks of spills from trains hauling hazardous materials to severe weather stoked by climate change.
Knuth, an environmental educator and former DFL legislator, spent her first months in the job interviewing people and conducting a survey, but had not delivered any finished work product before she resigned.