Minnetonka is a home rule charter city, governed by the council-manager form of government. The city council appoints a city manager who oversees eight departments, including all staff and operations.
The city manager communicates with the mayor and council members, administers the city’s policies and procedures and reviews, approves city council agendas, prepares the annual operating budget and capital improvements program and serves as the city's liaison to outside agencies.
Geralyn Barone, a City of Minnetonka employee since 1994, was appointed as city manager in 2012. She previously served Minnetonka as assistant city manager and director of administrative services – roles in which she has been dedicated to creating a culture of organizational excellence.
Highlights of Barone’s vision and impact during her tenure as city manager include long-term planning and funding for the replacement and upgrade of city infrastructure and facilities (including parks, water and sewer systems, roads, police and fire facilities); significant expansion of the city’s trail and sidewalk system; transformation of the city’s regional centers of commerce, including Ridgedale and Opus; and incorporating sustainability measures, such as a complete transition to solar-sourced energy for all city facilities.
Ms. Barone’s impact extends well beyond Minnetonka. She has served in leadership roles for countless professional organizations, boards and committees. In 2019, Barone received the Minnesota Women in City Government's Leadership Award.
Barone holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public affairs from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.