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

RELEASE: City of Saint Paul Joins Twin Cities Urban Tree Carbon Offset Program in Collaboration with Green Cites Accord

5/17/2024 Parks & Recreation

On May 8, the Saint Paul City Council unanimously approved participation in an innovative urban tree carbon offset program in partnership with Green Cities Accord. The program is designed to increase funding for Twin Cities municipalities to support and sustain urban forestry initiatives, leveraging the capability of trees to combat the impacts of climate change and enhance the livability of urban communities.

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Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi, City of Saint Paul and Community Partners to Celebrate the Construction Kick-Off of the Wakan Tipi Center

5/16/2024 Parks & Recreation

Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi, the City of Saint Paul and community partners will join together on Mon., May 20 at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the construction kick-off of the Wakan Tipi Center, a Native-led cultural and environmental interpretive center located on the west end of Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, a 27-acre nature preserve east of downtown Saint Paul.

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City of Saint Paul, Community Partners to Host Hmong Plaza Celebration on May 18

5/15/2024 Parks & Recreation

The City of Saint Paul and Minnesota China Friendship Garden Society invite members of the public to attend an event to celebrate the opening of the Hmong Plaza, the first feature of Phase II in the Saint Paul- Changsha China Friendship Garden on Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Phalen Regional Park.

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Summer Camp & Activity Registration

5/9/2024 Parks & Recreation

2024 Saint Paul Parks & Recreation summer registration is open.

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Last Edited: May 16, 2024