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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Mayor Carter Announces New Efforts to Support Safer Outcomes in Neighborhoods Across Saint Paul

7/15/2022 Mayor's Office

Array of New Efforts Include the Launch of Project PEACE by the Office of Neighborhood Safety, and new Community-First Public Safety Investments Supported by City of Saint Paul American Rescue Plan Funds

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City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County Announce Workforce Investments

7/13/2022 Mayor's Office

American Rescue Plan Funded Workforce Investments to Support Economic Opportunity for Community Members, Including Expanded Pathways for Youth Employment

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SPRWS Celebrates Start of Lead Free SPRWS

7/12/2022 Water Services

Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) marked the start of a 10-year commitment to ensure long-term drinking water quality by removing lead service lines in both public and private property.

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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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Last Edited: July 20, 2022