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File #: RES 22-180    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 1/26/2022
Title: Recognizing Ricardo Cervantes’ career with the City of Saint Paul and congratulating him on his retirement.
Sponsors: Chris Tolbert, Amy Brendmoen, Mitra Jalali, Rebecca Noecker, Jane L. Prince, Dai Thao, Nelsie Yang

Recognizing Ricardo Cervantes’ career with the City of Saint Paul and congratulating him on his retirement.


WHEREAS, Ricardo Cervantes grew up on Maria Avenue with his seven brothers and sisters and is a proud graduate of Mounds Park Elementary, Mounds Park Junior High, Harding High School and Macalester College; and

WHEREAS, Ricardo started his career with the building trades, later becoming a federal employee under the Federal Aviation Administration, transitioned to working for the City of Minneapolis and decided to come back to his home own and began working for the City of Saint Paul on November 1, 2010, as Director of the Department of Safety and Inspections; and

WHEREAS, Ricardo focused his career to create business-friendly improvements to the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) and his guidance has led to the Department receiving numerous national and local awards for innovation; and

WHEREAS, Ricardo always brought a steady, thoughtful, project management and data-driven approach to successfully managing a large, complex and nuanced city department; and

WHEREAS, Ricardo always led people equally and treated people, programs and services equitably.  His leadership led to the creation of an Equity Analysis Framework and completion of three major program impact assessment helping to close the disparity gap. 

WHEREAS, Ricardo readily accepted the role to lead the city’s approach to managing the unsheltered homeless crisis, bringing to bear his compassion and endless energy and leveraging his carefully built personal relationships to provide a safety centered program to best support those in the community most in need; and

WHEREAS, Ricardo is an active member of his church recently working with them to assist a Karen Family in Saint Paul on their transition to American life; and

WHEREAS, Ricardo served the majority of his years with Saint Paul as the City-wide volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity building home...

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