St. Paul City Council member Melvin Carter III is resigning to take a job at the Minnesota Department of Education. Carter has been appointed director of MDE’s Office of Early Learning and will leave the City Council on July 5.
On the City Council, Carter has worked to create the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, among other education initiatives. He will coordinate among MDE and the state departments of Health and Human Services. He takes over for outgoing director Karen Cadigan. Carter’s portfolio in the Office of Early Learning includes overseeing the state’s Race to the TOP-Early Learning Challenge Grant.
The City Council gets to select an interim person for Carter’s Ward 1 seat. If they fail to do so, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman appoints the interim council member. The election to fill the rest of Carter’s two-year term will be held on the Nov. 5 general election.
“From establishing the Promise Neighborhood to ensuring light rail will serve our community well,” Carter said, “I am extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish and I look forward to continuing my service on behalf of families here in Saint Paul through my work in this exciting new role.”