Chris Coleman

A lifelong resident of St. Paul, Chris Coleman was elected mayor in 2005. Coleman earned both his bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from the University of Minnesota and was active in local politics for years before his election. Coleman also worked for a decade as a public defender in Hennepin County before going into private practice.

Local
December 9, 2017
Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, shown in 2015, supported a bike-pedestrian safety proposal.

Property taxes, homeowners' voices are rising across Twin Cities

Double-digit percentage hikes that had drawn complaints in St. Paul are popping up in the suburbs, too.
St. Paul
September 30, 2017
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s administration is creating a tool on the city’s website by which taxpayers can get a clearer picture of how much th

St. Paul aims to ease property tax sticker shock

Online tool allows a before-and-after look at property tax changes.
Minneapolis
December 10, 2016
Last week, as Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges listened to debate as she presented her 2017 Minneapolis budget for adoption by the City Council, a major

Mpls. property-tax rise doesn't match forecast by Truth in Taxation notices

The notices were printed before schools levy vote and do not include that calculation.
St. Paul
September 26, 2016
... St. Paul
Built in 1890, this is a three-bedroom, one-bath house located in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood has 1,500 finished square feet and feat

Property taxes on the rise for most in St. Paul

After getting a preview of overall bill, City Council to take up the proposals.
Minneapolis
June 9, 2016
Cortez Hull, school resource officer at Highland Park High, is “exactly what you’d hope for,” said senior Rogelio Salinas. “He’s the mentor,

Use of cops in schools under scrutiny in St. Paul, Minneapolis

If there is agreement, it's this: A resource officer should be more mentor, less enforcer, in dealings with students.
St. Paul
February 10, 2016

St. Paul, Trust for Public Land buy property for new Midway park

A final piece of property needed for a new 5-acre park near the Green Line in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood has been purchased, officials with…
St. Paul
October 13, 2015
A customer walked into Frattelone Ace Hardware passed a sign that asked for support of no parking meters along Grand Avenue in St. Paul.

St. Paul mayor sets Monday meeting on Grand Avenue parking meters

An age-old proposal still provokes plenty of wrath.
St. Paul
October 12, 2015
A sign posted in a store window on Grand Avenue in St. Paul conveyed the sentiments of businesses and residents about plans to add parking meters in t

St. Paul mayor to conduct community meeting soon on meters for Grand Avenue

Chris Coleman's office said he will conduct a community meeting on Grand Av. parking plan.
Minneapolis
October 1, 2015
Rashad Turner, left, the leader of the St. Paul Black Lives Matter group meets Thursday in the office of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.

Protesters will demonstrate at but not interfere with marathon

Black Lives Matter officials said Thursday that city officials listened to their concerns about the police, which was the group's goal.
September 28, 2015

Eastwood named library director in St. Paul

Jane Eastwood has been city's education director since 2010.
East Metro
September 28, 2015

Property taxes could rise 4.9 percent for typical St. Paul homeowner

Projections show fewer sharp increases by neighborhoods, however.
East Metro
September 21, 2015
The former home of the MTC bus barn is on part of the parcel proposed for a soccer stadium in St. Paul.

MLS chief praises St. Paul soccer site, but says no deal yet

The soccer league's commissioner offered praise for St. Paul's Midway area, but stadium details remain.
St. Paul
August 11, 2015
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman talks to M.K. Nguyen, holding her 2-month-old son Stokely Phan-Quang, and Maurice Hodges, top right, both residents of th

St. Paul mayor proposes market-based plan to help downtown parking

Chris Coleman is proposing a 1.9 percent property tax levy increase for 2016 to help fund his $546 million budget.
East Metro
August 8, 2015
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has pledged to lead an “all-hands-on-deck effort” to land a stadium for an MLS expansion team.

Pro soccer officials plan St. Paul visit to chat up new stadium

Mark Abbott will meet Tuesday with Mayor Chris Coleman.
East Metro
July 10, 2015
There was great fanfare when Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, left, and Dr. Bill McGuire announced that Minnesota United FC will move to M

Mayor Coleman to Major League Soccer officials: Look at St. Paul

Chris Coleman hopes to persuade MLS officials to consider using a Midway location for new stadium.
St. Paul
May 14, 2015
An EcoDistrict walking tour started at the Minnesota Science Museum, which gets electricity from solar installations.

St. Paul touts downtown "EcoDistrict"

Sustainable technology paired with educational website sets the district apart, officials said.
St. Paul
May 7, 2015
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman was joined by his predecessors, from left, Larry Cohen, Jim Scheibel, Norm Coleman and George Latimer as they spoke at a

Five past and present St. Paul mayors come together

In the rare event, they gathered to talk about the city they love and kick off the St. Paul Foundation's 75th anniversary celebration.
State + Local
April 27, 2015
Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges speaks at a news conference at the St. Paul office of the League of Minnesota Cities. More than two dozen mayors from M

Minnesota mayors make plea for state money to fix local streets

One proposal, in the Senate, would use a $10 license tab surcharge to provide funds for large and small cities.
St. Paul
April 16, 2015
During Thursday's speech Mayor Chris Coleman highlighted the progress made by the city of St. Paul, with numerous mentions of the Wild being in the pl

Coleman cites St. Paul's progress, urges efforts to close gaps

The mayor, speaking at the Ordway Center's new concert hall, declared 2016 the Year of Music in St. Paul.
State + Local
April 10, 2015

Klobuchar aide was only city attorney applicant St. Paul mayor interviewed

Others with more experience applied, but Mayor Chris Coleman said former Samuel Clark was best choice.
St. Paul
February 20, 2015

St. Paul mayor rejects City Council proposal on police body cameras, residency incentives for police

St. Paul's mayor said police are already studying their use.
St. Paul
January 21, 2015
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, left, and Council President Kathy Lantry.

Lantry named new public works director in St. Paul

The longtime council member will step down from office in February.
State + Local
December 16, 2014

Coleman vetoes council effort to expand library hours

The St. Paul mayor objected to use of St. Paul parking funds, but is likely to be overruled by City Council.
St. Paul
December 11, 2014

St. Paul City Council passes budget with most of what mayor wanted — and then some

The mayor says he will veto one action that uses parking funds to expand hours at library branches.
St. Paul
October 15, 2014

St. Paul Mayor Coleman announces paid parental leave plan for city workers

Mayor Coleman's plan for city workers would provide paid leave for parents. The capital city would be the second Minnesota city to offer it.