Chris Rider, long-time St. Paul mayoral aide, gets Karl Neid city service award

Chris Rider, a veteran St. Paul City Hall employee who is now the scheduler for Mayor Chris Coleman, was awarded the city’s Karl Neid award for community involvement.

Rider is well-known and liked at City Hall, where’s she’s worked for the police department, the city council and the mayor’s office. In the early 1990s, she was an aide to Neid, the council member for whom the award is named.

Said Coleman: “Both through her work for the city and her volunteer service, she has helped to build and strengthen our city.”

A team of past Neid award recipients helps choose each year’s winner.

Co-workers nominated Rider for her “efficiency, patience and kindness to residents and staff who interact with the mayor’s office and her multiple volunteer activities in the community.” They said she brings “gracious hospitality and gentle firmness” to the tricky job of scheduling the mayor’s appointments.

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