The assistant city manager also serves as director of administrative services, overseeing human resources and labor relations, information technology, communications, the city clerk’s office and risk management. The assistant city manager also participates in city-wide budgeting and capital planning, oversees the city’s performance management program and serves as staff liaison to the park board.
In 2012, Perry Vetter was appointed assistant city manager for the city of Minnetonka.
Perry began his career with the city in 1998, when he was hired as a recreation program manager. He held a number of positions in recreation, always increasing in responsibility. While in the recreation department, he began administration of the city’s $7.5 million voter-approved park renewal bond program to develop, improve and upgrade parks, trails and natural resource management areas. He also managed a $1.2 million budget for recreation services programming that served 35,000 attendees.
In 2005, Perry moved to Minnetonka Public Works, where he continued leading the parks renewal program. He managed the parks and trails division and later added buildings and grounds to his responsibilities. This included overseeing 12 full-time and 18 part-time employees to manage 50 park locations, 80 miles of trails and more than 1,000 acres of public land, as well as 14 community buildings. In addition to managing an operating budget of $2.5 million, Perry implemented capital improvement projects for the parks and trails, and for municipal buildings to improve energy efficiency. He co-chaired the Public Works Labor Management Committee and assisted with union contract negotiations. He also served as the public works liaison to the Minnetonka Park Board and to the Minnetonka City Council.
Perry capped his career at Minnetonka Public Works in 2010, when he was named assistant public works director with responsibility for managing the buildings and grounds division, park inspections program, residential recycling and GIS operations. More recently, Perry has been responsible for the Minnetonka Mills Park project near the Burwell House, designed to create a welcoming experience for residents to enjoy Minnehaha Creek and the surrounding natural areas.