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

Parks & Recreation Jobs

2/6/2023 Parks & Recreation

Want to work for Saint Paul Parks and Recreation? Apply today!​

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Oxford Community Center closure notice and timeline for reopening

1/24/2023 Parks & Recreation

At this time we are looking at mid-to-late February for a potential reopening. We appreciate your patience and understanding, and look forward to welcoming you back to the center soon.

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Saint Paul Cancels Citywide Residential Plow Due to Forecasted Snow Storm

1/18/2023 Public Works

Citywide Residential Plowing on North-South Streets on Thursday, January 19 & Friday, January 20 is CANCELLED Due to Forecasted Snow Storm

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Saint Paul to Conduct a Citywide Residential Plow on January 17-20

1/15/2023 Public Works

Residents should move all vehicles from east-west residential streets on Tuesday and Wednesday and move vehicles from north-south residential streets on Thursday and Friday

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Last Edited: January 8, 2023