Position Description: Council Member, Metropolitan Council


The 17-member Council includes a Chair who serves at-large and 16 members who each represent a geographically defined Council district. All members serve at the pleasure of the governor. Members cannot hold elected public office and must reside within the Council district they represent. The Council is organized by committees, which make recommendations to the full board.

Additionally, Minnesota Statute 473.123 states:

  • 473.123, Subdivision 3 (f) Members of the Council must be appointed to reflect fairly the various demographic, political, and other interests in the metropolitan area and the districts.
  • 473.123, Subdivision 3 (g) Members of the Council must be persons knowledgeable about urban and metropolitan affairs.

Council members are subject to Senate confirmation and must file personal financial disclosure forms.


Council members should expect to spend roughly 12-20 hours per month in committee meetings, plus additional time for preparation and briefings, additional meetings, and events. Every Council member:

  • Attends semi-monthly Council meetings
  • Attends semi-monthly Committee of the Whole meetings
  • Serves on at least two standing committees (Environment, Transportation, Community Development and Management)
  • Meets regularly with local government officials, members of the Legislature, and constituents within their district
  • Attends advisory committees
  • Attends partner events

Most Council meetings are held at 390 North Robert Street, St. Paul.


Council members are paid a fixed annual salary of $20,000 and are compensated for reasonable and necessary expenses. Council members are eligible to purchase Council health insurance but must pay the full cost of the premium. Council members also receive a free, unlimited transit pass for their use during their term.

How to apply

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