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Top planning official in Minneapolis expects to be fired for improper payments


Kyndell Harkness – Star Tribune

CPED director David Frank, pictured in 2018.

The top planning and economic development official in Minneapolis expects to be fired, because he signed a separation agreement allowing an employee to be paid after leaving the city.

David Frank, who has led the Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department for nearly three years, said he believed he had the authority to sign the agreement.

"I made a mistake, and obviously you and I are talking because it was a big one. It was not something that I was aware was a mistake as I was doing it," Frank said in an interview Tuesday. He added later: "I was going about my job doing things that I thought I was able to do."


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