Committees, Boards, and Commissions

Serve on a Committee

Mayor Coleman is seeking applications for individuals to serve on over 30 boards and commissions for our city. Saint Paul greatly values the contributions of residents and stakeholders in our decisions and we are committed to identify and recruit the best candidates to serve our community.  The Mayor and City Council rely on their thoughtful advice to create policies and develop programs.  They cover a wide range of topics and appeal to a variety of interests; from public safety, to education and housing, to economic development.  

What Serving Will Mean

The city’s Committees, Boards, and Commissions all vary in their time commitments and requirements for serving.  The size of the board, membership criteria, whether Saint Paul residency is required, and other requirements are set forth in most cases by an enabling state statute, city ordinance, or Executive Order.  Read over the webpage of each Committee, Board, or Commission at the right to get a sense of the work the members do.

How to Apply

The City of Saint Paul actively seeks applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to reflect the views and effectively represent the diverse communities of Saint Paul.  Appointments are generally made when serving members have reached their term limits or when members leave the committee, board or commission for other reasons, such as resignation.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered as openings become available (as current members resign or reach the end of their terms).

Some boards and commissions have a recommended deadline for consideration; however, your application will still be considered during the next set of appointment openings.

There are two ways to apply:

1) To apply online, please visit our Online Committee Application and click the green button “Apply for a Board”

2) To apply by mail, download an Application. Print out this application, fill it out and mail it to the address below.

NOTE: You can apply for more than one committee per application. Mayor Coleman encourages applicants to get recommendations from their City Council members.

Please return applications to:
Office of Mayor Chris Coleman
Attn: Peter Grafstrom
390 City Hall
15 Kellogg Blvd., West
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 651-266-8516
Fax: 651-266-8521

What to Expect After You Apply

First, be sure that you are able to meet the time commitments of the Committees, Boards and Commissions you apply for. If you have questions about those commitments, contact the staff associated with the Committee, Board or Commission. When your application is submitted, you should receive an emailed receipt if you applied online, or a phone call if submitted it by mail. 

Then, if you meet the qualifications desired for the committee, board or commission, city staff may contact you for active consideration for the position.  This may involve an interview to evaluate your strengths for the position.

If recommended by the Mayor, your name will be sent to the City Council for consideration and approval.  Once the City Council approves your appointment, you may begin serving our fair city.

NOTE: If appointments are made to positions you have applied to, your application will still remain in the pool of applicants for the next cycle of openings.

Contact

For questions about the application process please contact Peter Grafstrom at peter.grafstrom@ci.stpaul.mn.us or call 651-266-8510.