Mayor Melvin Carter Invites Community Members to Serve on Review Panels for Financial Services, Planning and Economic Development, and Public Works Department Director Selection Process

January 8, 2020

Peter Leggett

SAINT PAUL - Today, Mayor Melvin Carter announced a community review panel selection process for Financial Services, Planning and Economic Development and Public Works department director positions. 

“Our review panels ensure a wide array of voices help shape who leads our departments as we work to build the future of our city,” said Mayor Carter. 

About the Community Panel Selection Process 
Three panels of up to 10 community members each will be formed, one to review each position. Each review panel will be comprised of community members, policy experts, and civic leaders. 

Review panels will conduct an initial interview of candidates for each position. Once the community review panel completes the interview process, their feedback will be submitted to Mayor Carter who will conduct final interviews and selections, with the goal to appoint new directors this spring. 

Interested community members can apply to serve on a panel now through January 31, 2020, at

About the Department Director Positions
City of Saint Paul Budget Director John McCarthy has been serving as interim director of the Office of Financial Services since the departure of former director Todd Hurley in February 2019. 

The Department of Planning and Economic Development’s Deputy Director Kristin Guild has served as interim director since the departure of former director Dr. Bruce Corrie in July 2019. 

Public Works Director Kathy Lantry announced her retirement in December 2019. 

Applications for these leadership positions are posted online at

Job postings will close at 4:30 PM Central Standard Time on February 14, 2020.