City Manager's Department

City Manager's Staff

City Manager

Tim Cruikshank

City Attorney

Maria Cisneros

City Clerk

Kris Luedke

Human Resources Director

Kirsten Santelices

Human Resources Assistant


Communications Manager

Cheryl Weiler

Communications Specialist

Rob Kueny

Graphic Designer/
Web Specialist

Danielle Gates

The city manager, appointed by the City Council, serves as the executive officer in charge of administering all City business and implementing Council policies and directives.

The City Manager's Department includes the Communications, Human Resources, and Legal programs. Staff includes the city manager, human resources director, communications manager, city attorney, city clerk, communications specialist, web/graphic designer, and an administrative assistant.


Golden Valley's Communications staff is responsible for all City publications and information pieces, managing and maintaining the website and the City's social media accounts, and managing public access TV operations, which includes televising and web streaming all City Council and Planning Commission meetings and coordinating programming produced for the City by CCX Media. Staff also works with City departments to develop marketing and communications plans to educate the public about City issues and initiatives and to provide information to local news media.

Human Resources

Human Resources staff is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training employees; managing employee safety programs, compensation, and benefits; administering personnel policy and employment law; and negotiating and administering labor contracts.


The city attorney is appointed by the City Council and advises and represents the City in all civil legal matters. Matters include land use, development, and zoning; reviewing and negotiating City contracts; developing and drafting policies and procedures; monitoring legal proceedings; and consulting with City staff on a wide variety of legal questions. Criminal legal matters are handled by the city prosecutor.

City Clerk

The city clerk is responsible for maintaining official city records and the city code; publishes legal notices of hearings; handles liquor, tobacco, and special event licenses for the city; prepares resolutions and ordinances for adoption by the city council; creates agenda and records minutes of the city council meetings; and accepts filings for city offices and administers elections.