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Mayor-Elect Carter begins push to reimagine St. Paul government with inclusive, community-driven hiring effort

Saint Paul Mayor-elect Melvin Carter

Mayor-elect Melvin Carter launched a new community hiring effort to attract diverse talent to St. Paul city government.

Carter said this effort will bring together city leaders community members from across St. Paul to fill key administration positions, following through on his campaign promise to change the way city government functions to ensure every voice is heard.

“To build a St. Paul that works for all of us, City Hall must reflect and respond to everyone who calls our city home,” said Carter. “This new community hiring effort delivers on the change that St. Paul residents are seeking. I encourage all interested candidates to submit their resumes for consideration as we begin building a city that works better for all of us.”

This new community hiring effort will engage 10 separate panels of community members, policy experts, and civic leaders to review candidates for director-level positions within the Carter Administration. Carter said this open, transparent process marks a significant break from the insider decision-making process that too often formed transition processes in past decades and this approach to hiring will ensure a diverse, community-centered group of voices lead in the selection of these crucial positions to guide the future of St. Paul.

“St. Paul residents and businesses deserve a city government that is responsive and accountable,” said Deputy Mayor-Designate Jaime Tincher. “Together, we can re-imagine the way the city works to make a real difference in the lives of all the people of St. Paul.”

Toni Newborn, St. Paul’s Diversity and Consulting Services manager, will work with Tincher to implement the hiring process. As chief of staff to Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Tincher drove similar processes to increase diversity in executive level positions within the State of Minnesota.

The office of the mayor-elect is accepting applications for director of planning and economic development, director of financial services, director of the office of technology, director of public works, director of safety and inspections, director of human resources, library director, parks and recreation director, city attorney and the director of emergency management.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, (Dec. 7), at 4:30 p.m. Additional information on each position can be found online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/stpaul/.

The community hiring panels will interview candidates for director-level positions Dec. 12 through Dec. 14. Once the community hiring panels finish their review process, their recommendations and evaluations will be submitted to Carter for final consideration and selection, with the goal to hire all director-level positions before the administration begins on Jan. 2.

The transition team is seeking community leaders to serve on one of the hiring panels Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest to Newborn at Toni.Newborn@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

November 28, 2017
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