City Council

saint paul city council members 2018

Chris Tolbert, Ward 3 | Rebecca Noecker, Ward 2Mitra Jalali Nelson, Ward 4Amy Brendmoen, Ward 5 and Council President | Dan Bostrom, Ward 6 Jane L. Prince, Ward 7 | Dai Thao, Ward 1 

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About the 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 public through its weekly public meetings. (NOTE: The meetings can be viewed live on cable TV, via webcast and on most mobile devices.  Videos of past council meetings and agendas going back to 2006 are available by clicking on the “Research” tab.)

In addition, the Council acts in a quasi-judicial role in hearing appeals regarding actions taken by a number of City agencies. In addition to their duties as Councilmembers, the City Council serves as the Board of Health and as the directors for the Public Library Agency and commissioners for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA). Representatives from the Council are members of the boards for the Saint Paul RiverCentre Convention and Visitors Authority, the Saint Paul Port Authority, the Joint Property Tax Advisory Board (JPTAC), and the Board of Water Commissioners.

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important announcement imageSeeking Applicants for Interim Ward 6 City Councilmember
The Saint Paul City Council invites interested Ward 6 residents to submit their resume and cover letter demonstrating interest in serving as interim councilmember, filling the position that will be vacated by Councilmember Dan Bostrom on December 31, 2018. 
The Council seeks candidates who are familiar with city government and its operations. The candidate should be able to devote the time and energy required to successfully represent the residents of Ward 6.  Interested applicants must agree to not run for the vacancy in the upcoming election.  The Council reserves the right to limit the number of applicants who will be interviewed. 

  • Resume and cover letter must be received by 4:30 PM on Friday, January 4, 2019 to be considered.
  • Interviews for the finalists of this position will be held the morning of Wednesday, January 16.
  • The Council will appoint the interim Councilmember effective January 23, 2019.
  • The term ends December 31, 2019.

Applications should be emailed to or by mail to Trudy Moloney, Operations Director, City Council Offices, Suite 310, City Hall, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN 55102. Applications must be received by 4:30 PM on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Frequently asked questions:

  1. What is the councilmember salary?  $64,584 plus benefits
  2. What is the time commitment required?  Councilmembers are expected to be at the weekly Council meetings and committee/board meetings on Wednesdays.  Councilmembers must also be available to meet with city staff and constituents throughout the week including weekends and evenings. 
  3. What support staff does the councilmember manage?  Councilmembers can appoint their legislative aide.  An executive assistant is also in the ward office and is considered permanent council staff.
  4. What is the role of the City Council?  The City Council is the legislative branch of the city.  It establishes the policies and ordinances that govern the city and adopts the city budget.   It oversees the audit and acts in a quasi-judicial capacity on issues dealing with property rights and other matters.  The councilmembers also serve as the board of the Library and Housing and Redevelopment Authority. 
  5. Are application materials public?  Yes, all documents you submit for the position are public.

Term of Office

Councilmembers are elected to a 4-year term. The current term runs through the end of 2019.

Meetings - Open to the Public

All meetings are held in the Council Chambers of the Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse, 300 City Hall, 15 Kellogg Boulevard., West. The public is welcome to attend meetings and can access meeting information on the Council's Meeting Calendar such as looking at meeting videos or looking up agendas, minutes, and documents. Saint Paul Channel 18 also broadcasts the meetings live and then replays are normally available on Thursdays at 5:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM. 

Meeting Schedules and Materials

Public Hearings

Public hearings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 5:30 pm. Hearings are required for proposed ordinances, public improvements, property acquisitions, special assessments, utility charges, and adoption of the budgets and tax levies.  Public comments are welcome at a hearing.  View the public hearing protocol video or check out the protocol sheet of what to expect at a hearing.  You can also consult the Saint Paul City Welcome Guide (pdf) for general information about the City Council and conduct during a Council meeting.  Please call 651-266-8989 with questions you have that are not covered in the guide.

Saint Paul City Services Community Guide

The Saint Paul City Services Community Guide (pdf) provides information about frequently used city services. Please call 651-266-8989 for information not covered in the guide.