Serve on the Metropolitan Council

Submit your application now to serve on the Metropolitan Council

The Minnesota Secretary of State is currently receiving applications for people interested in serving as members of the Metropolitan Council.

Applications are due by Jan. 9 to be considered - only a few days left to apply.


About the Council

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency for the seven-county metropolitan area. The Council operates the regional bus and rail system, collects and treats wastewater, coordinates regional water resources, plans regional parks and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. 

Council members serve 4-year terms, concurrent with the governor’s term of office.


How to apply

Metropolitan Council appointments are governed under the Minnesota Open Appointments process administered by the Secretary of State. Interested candidates can reach the Secretary of State’s office for an application at 651.556.0643 or via email at Interested candidates can also visit the website for an application. Completed applications must be received by the Secretary of State by 5 pm on January 9 to be considered. Once your application has been received, it will be forwarded to the Governor’s office for consideration.

According to statute, applicants must reside in the district for which they are seeking appointment and be knowledgeable about urban and metropolitan affairs.


About the process

Applications will be reviewed by the Metropolitan Council Nominating Committee and qualified applicants will be invited to appear for an interview with the committee at a public hearing in late January and early February. Following the public hearings, the Nominating Committee will make appointment recommendations to Gov. Tim Walz and he will select the Council Members in advance of the statutory deadline.

Additional information about the Metropolitan Council can be found at A map of Council districts is available on the Metropolitan Council’s website.