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 fifth-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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City Council

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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Latest News

City Council Approves Deeply Affordable Housing Funds for Ashland Apartments

3/23/2023 Planning & Economic Development

The proposed project will rehab a currently vacant building to create new, affordable permanent supportive housing units for extremely low-income individuals.

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Summer Choice Fair: Learn all about Saint Paul summer programs on May 7

3/20/2023 Parks & Recreation

Families are invited to the Conway Recreation Center Dome to learn about a wide variety of exciting summer program opportunities offered by organizations all across Saint Paul.

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Join a Webinar about the 1-4 Unit Housing Study Phase 2 Amendments

3/16/2023 Planning & Economic Development

Each webinar will feature an informational presentation about the proposed zoning code amendments and provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions of the 1-4 Unit Housing Study team.

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Mayor Carter and Fire Chief Inks Announce Purchase of Minnesota's First Fully Electric Fire Truck

3/15/2023 Fire & Safety

Saint Paul joins Los Angeles, California, and Vancouver, British Columbia in purchase of the Rosenbauer RTX electric fire truck

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Last Edited: March 27, 2023