(June 1, 2015—St. Paul, Minn.) David Unmacht, currently a senior vice president for Springsted Incorporated, has been chosen as the new executive director for the League of Minnesota Cities. Unmacht will replace Jim Miller, who will retire in July following 22 years of service. He brings an extensive amount of local government knowledge and experience to the position.
Unmacht has been employed by Springsted, one of the largest public-sector advisory firms in the country, since 2009. There, he is heavily involved in executive recruitment, organizational development, facilitation services, and strategic planning, among other duties. Over the past six years, Unmacht has worked with many local governments (cities and counties) throughout the state and region.
“Jim Miller has done a tremendous job over the past two decades, and it’s an honor to follow his tenure at the League,” Unmacht said. “I look forward to working with the staff and the Board of Directors to continue the League’s tradition of providing high quality services for all member cities.”
Prior to his employment with Springsted, Unmacht served as county administrator for Scott County, as deputy county administrator for Dakota County, city manager for Prior Lake, and city administrator for Belle Plaine. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and business administration from Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa), and a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University (Des Moines, Iowa). Unmacht will formally assume his new role as executive director on Aug. 1.