Chris LaTondresse will depart on Sept. 21 and will become the chief executive officer of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.
A Hennepin County commissioner outlined plans on Thursday to retire earlier from the position he was elected to take on. He will instead lead a non-profit housing group the move was described by him as “an unexpected opportunity” that will allow him to tackle the local housing crisis.
The commissioner Chris LaTondresse will resign on Sept. 21the day after the county has confirmed. A special election is scheduled to be held in order to select replacements, with a date for the election set to be announced in the near future according to a spokesperson for the county.
LaTondresse The sixth District commissioner, has said that the Sixth District commissioner is bittersweet about leaving this position. County Board, but his new position in the St. Paul’s Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative has both personal significance to him and is also great timing.
LaTondresse stated that as a kid was homeless after his family came back home to his home in the United States after five years in missionary service abroad and could not find the right place to stay.
“Housing has always been not just close to my heart but rooted in my family’s experience,” He stated. The state also has him motivated, as is a law passed in the year of the construction of new housing. It’s a one-time $1 billion home-building investment and the introduction of a seven-county metro area sales tax on housing at 0.25 percent that will generate approximately $200 million a year.
“We’re at a really critical time as a state on housing,” the governor said.
LaTondresse was appointed to his first commissioner’s term in the year 2020. LaTondresse was chairman of the County’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority for the first two years of his tenure on the board. The area he covers is Edina, Minnetonka, Hopkins Northern Eden Prairie, Orono, Excelsior, Wayzata, Shorewood, Mound, Deephaven, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Greenwood, Tonka Bay, Long Lake, and Woodland. RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII, STAR TRIBUNE FILE Hennepin County Commissioner Chris LaTondresse spoke at an evening held in Arden Park, Edina on May 20,
LaTondresse told reporters on Thursday that when he heard that the Beacon’s CEO Beacon will be retiring and he determined to be interested in the job should the company wanted to hire him. He was contacted, and after he was selected as an official finalist, he sent a message to that the administrator of Beacon was on his way. LaTondresse stated that he began notifying others commissioners around two weeks ago about the fact that they would soon be getting rid of the commission.