Home Rule Charter

Saint Paul's most basic rules for governance are found in the Home Rule Charter. The Charter defines the roles of the City Council and Mayor along with defining the City's general authority to finance and tax for public services. Voters approved this Charter in 1972. The Legislative and Administrative Codes set out in specific detail how the City will provide services and the responsibilities of residents. The City Council adopts these Codes by ordinance.


The Charter Commission is responsible for:

  • Improving the government of Saint Paul by studying and analyzing issues and concerns of the City
  • Educating residents about the Charter and encouraging involvement in the Commission's work
  • Serving as a resource and providing oversight in solving problems that are deemed unsolvable by the City Council or inappropriate for the Council to address
  • Hearing petitions regarding the Charter from the public and the City Council
  • Keeping the Charter current by reviewing the provisions and language to keep it up-to-date and coordinated with State laws

Be an Active Resident!

Saint Paul residents who are at least 18 years old may apply to serve on the Commission.

Charter Commission Members

Members (ward)                              Term Expires

Jesse W. Busta (5)                                         7/31/26

Bruce Clark (2)                                              7/31/24

Kathi Donnelly – Cohen (7)                         7/31/24

Michael Hahm (5)                                        7/31/26

Jon Fure (6)                                                   7/31/24

John Paul Kirr (3)                                          7/31/24

Chai Lee (7)                                                   7/31/26

Garrison McMurtrey (4)                             7/31/26

Deborah L. Montgomery (1)                      7/31/24             

Darren Tobolt (2)                                         7/31/26

Cosandra Lloyd (1)                                       7/31/26

Maisue Thao (7)                                           7/31/24

Erica Valliant (1)                                           7/31/26

Rick Varco (3)                                                7/31/24

Carrie J. Wasley (4)                                      7/31/26                           

Last Edited: February 7, 2023