St. Paul gets new Inspections boss

Ricardo Cervantes will be the new director of St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections, starting in November. He’s currently deputy director for Minneapolis Licenses and Consumer Services.

Cervantes replaces longtime city employee Bob Kessler, who is retiring.

Safety and Inspections is a wide-ranging city department, covering Information and Complaints, fire inspections, code enforcement, licensing, construction plan review and inspections and animal control.

Cervantes’ brother Manuel was the St. Paul city attorney from 2002 to 2006.

Ricardo Cervantes is a Harding High School grad who attended Macalester College. He was a Minneapolis housing inspector in the 1990s, before being promoted to management there.

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