To provide leadership for the effective implementation of policy directions given by the Maplewood City Council to efficiently deliver public services to the people of Maplewood.
- Minimize the impact of property taxes on Maplewood home owners and businesses in the 2015 City Budget while balancing the need to reduce debt. Maintain AA+ bond rating and set up reserve funds to maintain assets.
- Explore options for alternative and sustainable revenues to reduce overall reliance on state finances and reduce/limit property tax increases. Make budget decisions that comport with the principles of sustainability.
- Continue to make Maplewood city government transparent and accessible; operate within an environment of efficiency and mutual respect. Welcome and encourage citizen involvement, and work with other cities to collaborate and consolidate city services. Expand communications of city activities to “tell the city story” through the use of City News, website, CATV and social media.
- Work to attract new private investment in Maplewood businesses to add new jobs and expand economic opportunity through policies that reduce property taxes and promote economic growth. Expand involvement of HEDC and EDA in redevelopment activities and marketing of vacant city-owned land.
- Continue to expand the delivery of public information to Maplewood citizens.
- Continue to recruit talented, qualified individuals as city employees.
- Further explore policies to control medical insurance costs and employee expenses, including continued expansion of employee wellness programs.
Melinda ColemanCity ManagerPhone: 651-249-2055
Melinda Coleman was appointed the City Manager of Maplewood in November of 2014. Prior to that, Melinda was the Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director in Maplewood from May, 1995 to May, 2006 and returned to the same position in August 2013. She has worked in Oklahoma for the Secretary of State and also the cities of Moore and Oklahoma City. She spent time in Minnesota working for the East Central Regional Development Commission in Mora and the Cities of Anoka and North Oaks.
Melinda has more than 25 years of public administration experience including local and state government. She also worked for Target Corporation in Real Estate/New Store Development for 4 years. Melinda and her husband Bill have one son who lives in Salt Lake City. Melinda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Urban and Regional Studies from Mankato State University and a Master of Arts degree in Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma.
Melinda is involved in several professional organizations including International City/County Managers Association, League of Minnesota Cities, Minnesota City/County Managers Association, Municipal Legislative Commission, Metro Cities, St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, and White Bear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.