Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral
Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral

Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the 46th, and first African-American mayor of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City.

A fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Carter leads with an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources, and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city with a $50 College Savings Account, starting January 1, 2020.

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As the legislative body, the City Council is responsible for setting City policy through ordinances and resolutions. The Council also has sole responsibility for adopting the City’s budget. The Council legislates by passing Ordinances which become City laws. The Council also makes performance auditing decisions and monitors the operation and performance of city agencies and holds regular oversight hearings on city departments to determine how programs are working and whether budgeted funds are being spent well. In its decision-making roles, the City Council actively involves the public through its weekly public meetings.


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Mayor Carter Appoints Parks & Recreation and Safety & Inspections Department Directors

5/18/2022 Mayor's Office

Longtime City Leaders Andy Rodriguez to Serve Parks and Recreation Department Director and Angie Wiese to Serve as Department of Safety and Inspections Director

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Saint Paul Invites Public Comments on Environmental Scoping Document for Hillcrest Site

5/16/2022 Planning & Economic Development

The City of Saint Paul has determined that an Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) is required for the proposed redevelopment of the Hillcrest development site.

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Saint Paul and Minneapolis Launch Historic Electric Vehicle Carshare Fleet and Charging Station Network

5/13/2022 Mayor's Office

The carshare network is the first 100% renewably-powered municipally-owned carshare in the country, providing residents with cleaner and more affordable transportation options

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Saint Paul Regional Water Services Celebrates Groundbreaking for the McCarrons Plant Project

5/12/2022 Water Services

Saint Paul Regional Water Services celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the McCarrons Water Treatment Plant (WTP), where improvements to ensure long-term drinking water quality and reliability are now officially under construction. The $250 million project will complete in 2026.

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Last Edited: May 9, 2022