Minnesota cities often look for more effective and efficient ways to deliver services to citizens.
Cities have statutory authority to enter into agreements with virtually any other governmental entity—other cities, counties, towns, special districts, service cooperatives and the state. These agreements can take the form of joint powers entities, service contracts, mutual aid agreements, shared resources and shared personnel. And, while these can be effective ways to conserve a range of resources, these partnerships also can create unique liability issues.
A number of coverages, informational resources, and staff are available to assist members with these agreements.
Learn more about Best Practices Review: Cooperative Efforts in Public Service Delivery from the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor.
Staff can answer your joint powers questions, including providing review of mutual aid and other city contracts.
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Risk Management Attorney
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Joint powers agreements can be arranged in many forms. This edition of 3-Minute Risk Management touches on the ten things cities should be mindful of when creating joint powers agreements. More resources on joint powers are located on this page.
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