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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Saint Paul Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates

1/14/2022 Parks & Recreation

Saint Paul Parks & Recreation continues to monitor CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines and will provided updates as new information becomes available. We are committed to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 in our community, and the safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority. 

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2021 Business Awards Winners

1/13/2022 City Council

Fifth Annual Business Awards program recognizes 4 Saint Paul businesses for their outstanding service to the community.

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Mayor Carter Announces Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement for Licensed Businesses That Are Spaces of Public Accommodation in Saint Paul

1/12/2022 Mayor's Office

Requirement Applies to Licensed Businesses During Any Time That Food and/or Drink is Sold or Served Indoors for Consumption

Mayor Carter Announces Proof of Vaccination or Negative Test Requirement for Licensed Businesses That Are Spaces of Public Accommodation in Saint Paul

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Mayor Carter Announces Staffing Changes

1/7/2022 Mayor's Office

Mayor Appoints Chief of Staff; Expands Communications and Engagement Capacity to Support Recovery

Mayor Appoints Chief of Staff; Expands Communications and Engagement Capacity to Support Recovery

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Last Edited: January 12, 2022