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St. Paul, Minn., Names Interim Director of Tech Department

The St. Paul City Council recently filled two director-level openings that are in the city’s library and technology departments on Wednesday by voting to approve them as interim appointments.

(TNS) — The St. Paul City Council filled two director-level openings in the city’s library and technology departments on Wednesday by approving interim appointments.

Barb Sporlein was sworn in as interim director of the St. Paul Public Libraries, replacing Catherine Penkert, who resigned this month after nearly five years in the role. Sporlein has been the library system’s deputy director of operations for three years, and previously held deputy commissioner, planning or managerial roles with Minnesota Housing, the city of Minneapolis and the St. Paul Public Housing Agency.

Penkert, who spent 14 years with the city, has said she plans to spend more time with family.

The council swore in Drew Nelson as interim director of the Office of Technology and Communication. Nelson, who has worked for the city for three years, was formerly a business analyst in the private sector, a data analyst with Washington State and an intelligence and analytics manager with the U.S. Navy.

Previous Office of Technology and Communication director Sharon Kennedy Vickers, who stepped down in May, is now the chief executive officer of Software for Good, a Twin Cities-based company that develops web and mobile apps geared toward environmental and social change.

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