Choi to step down

St. Paul City Attorney John Choi will be resigning from his post April 16 to enter private practice while running for Ramsey County Attorney. A copy of the press release from Mayor Chris Coleman is below.


SAINT PAUL – After more than four years serving the City of Saint Paul

as City Attorney, John Choi has offered his letter of resignation, with

employment ending April 16, 2010. Choi is running for Ramsey County

Attorney in the fall.

Upon accepting Choi’s letter of resignation, Mayor Chris Coleman

released this statement:

“John has been among the best leaders we have ever had in the City

Attorney’s office. In just a few short years he has pioneered

innovative efforts to reduce gang violence, streamlined our approach to

domestic violence cases, and become a national leader in addressing the

foreclosure crisis. John truly has made a difference for public safety

and criminal justice in Saint Paul and he has provided effective

leadership in the City Attorney’s Office,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.

“Though I am sad to lose an invaluable manager and advisor, I am

eager to see John bring his tireless dedication and passion for public

service to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office. I thank him for his

service to the City and wish him the very best.”

During his tenure as City Attorney, Choi was instrumental in leading

new initiatives, such as the recent “Blueprint for Safety,” changing

the way the City responds to domestic abuse cases. Choi was appointed by

Mayor Coleman in 2006 after Coleman was elected to his first term in



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