Saint Paul Community-First
Public Safety Commission

About the Commission

The Citizens League has been selected by the City of Saint Paul to lead a Community-First Public Safety Commission. The Commission will help shape Saint Paul’s continued work to take a holistic and sustainable approach to building safer outcomes in its neighborhoods. Consisting of 48 members appointed by the Mayor, the Commission will bring together community members with wide ranging experiences to explore how the City can build upon its current strategy.

Through a process led by the Citizens League, they will examine a wide range of policy ideas for alternative response models to priority-4 and priority-5 (non-emergency) calls for service. The Commission will be Co-Chaired by Accoa Ellis of Greater Twin Cities United Way and John Marshall of Xcel Energy. Citizens League Executive Director Kate Cimino and Director of Public Policy Amanda Koonjbeharry will serve as project leads.

> Click to read the announcement from the City of Saint Paul: Mayor Melvin Carter Announces Community-First Public Safety Commission To Re-Envision Emergency Response In Saint Paul

Meeting Information

The study committee will meet bi-weekly for five months starting in December 2020, with final recommendations delivered to the Mayor and City Council in May 2021. Commission meetings are open to be observed by the public.

Meeting materials and minutes will be posted on this webpage when they become available.

Commission Members
  • Acooa Ellis, Commission Co-Chair , Twin Cities United Way
  • John Marshall, Commission Co-Chair, Xcel Energy
  • Commissioner Toni Carter, Ramsey County Board Board of Commissioners District 4
  • Judge Nicole J. Starr, Ramsey County 2nd Judicial District Court
  • Councilmember Mitra Jalali, Saint Paul City Council, Ward 4
  • Director Chauntyll Allen, Saint Paul Public School Board of Education
  • Sue Abderholden, NAMI Minnesota
  • Ahmed Anshur, Masjid Al-Ihsan Islamic Center/ISAIAH
  • Cedrick Baker, Saint Paul Public Schools
  • Sami Barnat, Student
  • Jason Barnett, Resident At-Large
  • Rev. Dr. Ron Bell, Camphor Memorial U.M.C./ St. Paul Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
  • Monica Bravo, West Side Community Organization
  • Scott Burns, Structural
  • Chikamso Chijoke, Saint Paul Youth Commission
  • Samuel Clark, Resident At-Large
  • JoAnn Clark, Resident At-Large
  • Sasha Cotton, African American Leadership Council
  • Sierra Cumberland, Saint Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission
  • Natalia Davis, Resident At-Large / Irreducible Grace
  • Julio Fesser, Securian Financial
  • Ameen Ford, Resident At-Large
  • Anna-Marie Foster, Saint Paul Youth Commission
  • Simone Hardeman-Jones, GreenLight Fund Twin Cities
  • Suwayda Hussein, Saint Paul Youth Commission
  • Laura Jones, Root and Restore Saint Paul
  • David Squier Jones, Center for Homicide Research
  • Clara Junemann, Saint Paul Youth Commission
  • Farhio Khalif, Saint Paul NAACP
  • Suwana Kirkland, National Black Police Association
  • Alicia Lucio, Resident At-Large / Community Ambassadors
  • Wintana Melekin, Resident At-Large
  • Stephen Moore, Culture Booster
  • Amin Omar, Horn of Africa
  • Francisco “Frank” Ortiz, National Latino Police Officers Association
  • Maureen Perryman, Resident At-Large
  • Amy Peterson, HealthPartners
  • President Suzanne Rivera, Macalester College
  • Mark Ross, Saint Paul Police Federation
  • Garaad Sahal, Somali Peace Officers Association
  • Mario Stokes, AFSCME
  • Olyvia Rayne Taylor, Student
  • LyLy Vang-Yang, TakeAction MN
  • Teshite Wako, Oromo Community Center
  • Jai Winston, Knight Foundation
  • Heather Worthington, Resident At-Large
  • Pheng Xiong, Asian Peace Officers Association
  • Otis Zanders, Ujamaa Place

In addition to Commission members, city department and governmental partners will participate in the process to provide additional support for this work, including representatives from:

  • City of Saint Paul
    • Saint Paul Police Department
    • Saint Paul Fire Department
    • Saint Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity
    • Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
    • Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office
    • Saint Paul Libraries
    • Saint Paul Mayor’s Office
    • Saint Paul Human Resources
    • Saint Paul Office of Technology & Communications
    • Saint Paul Financial Services
  • Ramsey County
    • Ramsey County Transforming Systems
    • Ramsey County Social Services
    • Ramsey County Public Health
    • Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
    • Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office
    • Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center
Meeting Schedule

All meetings are scheduled from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and will be held virtually. The meetings will be livestreamed on this project page, above.

  • Meeting #1: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Meeting #2: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • Meeting #3: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
  • Meeting #4: Wednesday, January 27, 2021
  • Meeting #5: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
  • Meeting #6: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
  • Meeting #7: Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Meeting #8: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  • Meeting #9: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
  • Meeting #10: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Meeting Materials

Meeting agendas, minutes, and other relevant materials will be posted here when they become available.

Meeting #2 - January 6, 2021
Meeting #3 - January 13, 2021
Meeting #5 - February 10, 2021
Meeting #9 - April 7, 2021
Meeting #10 - April 21, 2021

Additional Community Input

Thank you for your interest in the Saint Paul Community-First Public Safety Commission. If you’d like to submit any input regarding this project, please contact us using one of these methods:

Citizens League
400 Robert St N, Suite 1820
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 293-0575