Position Description: Council Member, Metropolitan Council

Membership

The 17-member Metropolitan Council includes a chair who serves at-large and 16 members who each represent a geographically defined Metropolitan Council district. All members serve at the pleasure of the governor. Members cannot hold elected public office and must reside within the 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.

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

Duties

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

  • Attends semi-monthly Metropolitan 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

Benefits

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

How to apply

Interested applicants should apply on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.