Yes, You Could Be Appointed
Sunday, May 3, 2020 12:25 PM


Saint Paul is accepting applications from residents for its new Labor Standards Advisory Committee. The 16 committee members will oversee implementation and development of the city’s new minimum wage and earned safe and sick time ordinances.

The labor standards group is among the more than two dozen city committees, commissions, and specialized boards filled with community volunteers. Some require specialized expertise; some are allocated based on ward, legislative district or other geographic criteria; some require specific demographic representation; some are wide open (though city residents get preference). Typically, members are appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council. The panels usually meet once or twice a month. Some offer stipends. You can get full details by clicking through the list.

The Saint Paul Charter Commission is taking applications for nine vacancies: seven of them are four-year terms that begin Aug. 1, two are existing vacancies that run until July 31, 2022. Applications are due June 17. You can download an application, or have one mailed to you by calling 651-266-8253.

Some higher-profile groups that require representation from each neighborhood are among those seeking new members. They include:

  • Capital Improvement Budget Committee: 8 vacancies (including at least one seat from Senate District 66, which covers District 10).
  • Neighborhood STAR: 6 vacancies (including one seat from Ward 1 and one seat from Ward 5)
  • Planning Commission: 7 vacancies (including two seats from Ward 1 and one seat from Ward 4)

According to the city’s website at the beginning of the month, these other panels also have vacancies (or members who are waiting to be replaced because their terms are expired):

  • Advisory Committee on Aging: 7 vacancies (at least 9 of the 15 members must be age 55 or older)
  • Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities: 7 vacancies (at least 7 of the 14 members must have disabilities).
  • Business Review Council: 7 vacancies
  • Civil Service Commissioners: 2 vacancies
  • Community Health Services Advisory Committee: 2 vacancies
  • Cultural STAR: 1 vacancy
  • Heritage Preservation Commission: 3 vacancies
  • Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity: 10 vacancies
  • Lower Mississippi River Water Management Organization: 1 vacancy
  • Parks and Recreation Commission: 2 vacancies
  • Public Housing Agency: 2 vacancies
  • Saint Paul Neighborhood Network: 1 vacancy
  • Transportation Committee: 1 vacancy
  • Truth-in-Sale of Housing Board of Evaluators: 2 vacancies
  • Warm Air Heating and Ventilation Installers Board of Examiners: 1 vacancy
  • Workforce Innovation Board: 3 vacancies

These other commissions also have citizen representation. They don't have vacancies now, but you can always apply for future openings.

  • Board of Water Commissioners
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • District Energy
  • Fuel Burner Installers Board of Examiners
  • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
  • Plumbers Board of Examiners
  • Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission
  • Port Authority
  • Refrigeration Equipment Installers Board of Examiners
  • Saint Paul-Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission
  • Steamfitter and Piping System Installers Board of Examiners
  • Visit Saint Paul

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