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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4th of July Weekend Updates

7/1/2022 Parks & Recreation

Events, closures, and health and safety reminders for the 4th of July weekend.

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City of Saint Paul Invites Public Comment on Draft Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) for the Hillcrest Golf Course Redevelopment Site

6/30/2022 Planning & Economic Development

The City of Saint Paul is in the process of conducting an environmental review for the proposed redevelopment of the Hillcrest site; comments will be accepted from July 5 through August 4, 2022.

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Mayor Carter Announces CollegeBound Boost, Expanding the City of Saint Paul’s Guaranteed Income and College Savings Programs

6/29/2022 Mayor's Office

Funded Through American Rescue Plan and Philanthropic Dollars, CollegeBound Boost Builds on the Success of Saint Paul’s People’s Prosperity Guaranteed Income Pilot and CollegeBound Saint Paul

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City of Saint Paul Opens Police Chief Position Posting

6/23/2022 Human Resources

Applications for Police Chief to be accepted now through July 22, 2022 at 4:30 pm. CST

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Last Edited: July 5, 2022