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Jessica Kingston named new St. Paul Human Rights director

Jessica Kingston, who has been chair of the Edina Human Rights Commission, is St. Paul’s new director of St. Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity. (They call it HREEO, pronounced “Hero.”)

Mayor Chris Coleman made the announcement today, saying in a statement:

“Jessi has an impressive track record of leadership in human rights and remarkable experience in procurement, both qualities that will be of tremendous value to the city and to HREEO in her new role.”

Kingston is now working as associate director of purchasing for the Digital River Corp. She has been on the Edina Human Rights Commission since 2009, the last two years as chair.

She’ll start the city j0b Oct. 2. The salary is $121,000 per year.

She replaces Luz Frias, who left the city job in April to be vice president of Community Philanthropy at the Minneapolis Foundation.

Kingston has a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College and a master’s degree from Metropolitan State University. 

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/06/2012 - 03:31 pm.

    Just an interesting tidbit…

    St. Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity sits within three blocks of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights AND the Ramsey county Department of Human Rights.

    I once asked Mayor Coleman during one of his tin-cup rattling rallies how he could justify a triply redundant, multi-million dollar bureaucracy while squirting tears of poverty and threatening to lay off dozens of firemen (which he was at the time). He said it was a reflection of the city’s residents values, which is fine as long as the residents are willing to pay for it…but they are not.

    One more reason LGA should be completely overhauled to keep leftist mayors from using it as a slush fund to finance their insatiable appetite for wasteful spending.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 09/08/2012 - 07:57 am.

      Not to mention

      the FEDERAL government’s office of EEOC which is actually where all employers are told to report any complaints.

      But Coleman was right. This is all about “optics” and window dressing to placate their liberal constituents. That, and giving all those kids with Sociology degrees from Macalester a place to show up every morning.

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