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Welcoming a new assistant city manager

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 1, 2021
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Bloomington City Manager Jamie Verbrugge selected Michael Sable as the City’s next assistant city manager. Sable brings more than 20 years of local government management experience to Bloomington.

“I am very excited to bring Mike on board our executive team,” City Manager Verbrugge said. “He is an excellent team player, a skilled facilitator, and a talented administrator. Mike understands the City Council’s strategic priorities, and his commitment to the work of racial equity will enhance our efforts.” 

Before beginning work at the City of Bloomington, Sable was the assistant city manager for the city of Maplewood and served as its human resources director as well as managing its city clerk, and wellness and safety initiatives. He previously worked for Hennepin County and the cities of Brooklyn Park and Cedar Rapids, IA. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Sable is also a credentialed manager with International City/County Management Association. He is an adjunct faculty member at College of Charleston (formerly adjunct with the University of Virginia), where he teaches a professional development program about the principles of the High-Performance Organization to help develop leaders at all levels of local government to achieve higher performance in their communities. He previously served on the board of directors for the Alliance for Innovation promoting innovation in local government.

“Mike’s experience will bring to our organization new insights and new approaches as we continue to adapt and improve our services to the public,” Verbrugge said. “His embrace of innovative leadership models and organizational development skills will benefit our whole organization.”

Sable replaces Kris Wilson, who accepted a position as the city administrator for Inver Grove Heights. His first day with the City was September 27.

“I’m incredibly honored and humbled for the opportunity to serve the residents and staff in Bloomington,” Sable said. “The City is leading the way in the important work of strengthening communities and I’m excited to play a role in furthering that work.”

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