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Jim McDonough County Commissioner
Representing District 6

McDonoughCommissioner Contact Information

Jim McDonough (email)
Ramsey County Board Office
Room 220 Court House
15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

Tel:  651 266-8365
Fax: 651 266-8370

Commissioner Assistant:

Joann Ellis (email)
Tel:  651 266-8357

Administrative Secretary:

Kim Burback 651-266-8354 (email)

Serving citizens in the following communities (District Map):

Upper East Side
Conway-Battle Creek

Chair, Ramsey County Board

Standing Committees of the Board:

  • Budget
  • County Facilities, Vice-Chair 
  • Legislative
  • Finance, Personnel & Management-Chair
  • Health Services

Outside Boards, Committees & Commissions:

  • Community Action Partnership
  • Corrections Management
  • Greater MSP Regional Partnership
  • 800 MHz Subsystem Policy Committee
  • Counties Transit Improvement Board
  • Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging
  • Regions Hospital Board

Other Committees and Boards:

  • Itasca Project
  • Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC)
    • Board of Directors, Past President
    • District X Representative
    • General Government
  • National Association of Counties (NACO)
    • Community and Economic Development Committee
    • Large Urban County Caucus Steering Committee, Vice-Chair
    • Healthy Counties Initiative Advisory Board
  • East Metro Mental Health Steering Committee
  • Urban Land Institute
  • East Metro Transit Alliance, Co-Chair
  • Corridors of Opportunity
  • 180 Degrees
  • St. Paul Youth Services, Past President

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Commissioner McDonough's Bio

Commissioner McDonough was born and raised on the East Side of St. Paul and continues to live there today.  Being a lifelong resident has given Jim a unique understanding of the qualities that his neighborhood embodies, including a strong dedication to community and the importance of building relationships.  Jim brings "East Side Pride" to all of the boards and committees he serves on.

Jim  was elected Chair of the Board of Commissioners in January, 2014.  Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Regional Rail Authority beginning in 2008 and worked tirelessly to bring more efficient and accessible transit to Ramsey County.  He's been instrumental in re-establishing the Union Depot not only as a multi-modal transportation hub, but also as a Ramsey County historical landmark.  He is recognized as a national leader in the area of transit and continues to advocate on a local, state and national level for support and revenue for projects within Ramsey County.

Jim is also dedicated to the prevention of sexual violence in our communities.  He first became aware of the seriousness of this issue after attending a presentation in 2007 by a renowned sexual violence prevention  consultant.  He encouraged all Ramsey County departments to assess their role in sexual violence prevention and, in his capacity as President of the Association of Minnesota Counties at that time, urged all 87 Minnesota Counties to assess their roles as well.  In 2008, he was presented with an AWARE Award from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault for "his outstanding dedication to raising awareness about sexual violence."  He continues to give voice to these silent victims today.

In his tenure as Commissioner, Jim has served on a variety of committees that include everything from youth services to mental health to supporting our aging population.

He and his wife, Carol, have four grown children and are proud grandparents of two granddaughters.

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