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07/24/06 4:24 PM ET

Authority seeks executive director

Appointment will change focus to stadium matters

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's new ballpark authority will review applications for its executive director this week and begin focusing its energy on ballpark matters once the position is filled.

Steve Cramer, a former Minneapolis City Council member who is the chair of the authority, said the names will be confidential until there are finalists. The deadline for applications was the end of the day Monday.

Cramer didn't know how many applicants to expect, but said the response to the job opening would dictate the interview process before the authority selects its executive director on Aug. 4.

"Exactly what the process is will depend a little bit on who's in that pool and how many people seem to come close to matching the qualifications that we're looking for," Cramer said Monday. "We'll be engaging in some kind of process to result in that Aug. 4 appointment."

The authority will examine the candidates over the next two weeks before their next meeting, where there will be discussion and a final vote to appoint to the executive director.

Last week, Cramer said naming the executive director will allow the authority to concentrate on ballpark issues as the executive director can work on the structure and mechanics of the authority itself.

"It will start [to] transition the board's role more into a board, working on relationship issues and focusing on the important work that has to be done with the Twins and Hennepin County," Cramer said. "It will be good to have the professional staff in and they'll have a big role to play with those partners as well."

In last week's meeting, the authority also discussed urban design issues with the new ballpark site and the work of authorities from other team's ballparks, among other issues.

In their next meeting on Aug. 4, the board will be briefed from the county planning staff on the future site of the ballpark -- in the warehouse district of Minneapolis, adjacent to the Target Center followed by a walking tour of the site.

Jason Brummond is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.