Contact the Mayor

201 4th Street SE
Room 281, City Hall
Rochester, Mn 55904 (Map)
Phone: 507-328-2700

Contact the Mayor:
Kim Norton Email

Contact the Executive Assistant:
Michon Rogers Email

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

 Kim Norton

Please find below two upcoming informational opportunities related to homelessness. 

Desolation Slow: Q & A following with Mayor Norton
Hosted by Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse and Design District at Cooke Park
Thursday, August 22, 2019
7-9:15 pm
Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse (619 6th Avenue NW, Rochester)

Desolation Slow is both a visual tone poem and social inquiry, bringing moving image art and documentary forms together in a mesmeric cinematic collision. Filmed on location in rural Utah and Salt Lake City by moving image artist Allen Killian-Moore, the film reflects on homelessness, geography, and abandonment, while pondering connections between human and structural decay. Desolation Slow is also steeped in ballads recounting decades of homelessness through the voice and figure of Joe Ortega, a formerly homeless resident who is now successfully off the streets. The film's sonic pallet is complemented with a musical score composed by Chicago avant-guitarist, Billy T. (Bill Tucker), creating a dynamic counterpart to its visual preoccupations. Documenting life on the edge of society, Allen Killian-Moore’s unconventional documentary, Desolation Slow, poetically questions the status quo while affirming that homelessness is not inevitable.

For more information:


Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Annual Conference
September 17-18, 2019
Mayo Civic Center, Rochester

 The MCH conference will focus on connecting Minnesotans from across the housing sector to create collective change. When we educate ourselves and connect with the incredible work around us, we have the capacity to implement strategic and innovative solutions. Only together will we develop a more equitable and effective model for housing stability and economic security.

For more information:


Mayor’s Work Group on Homelessness
ednesday, July 10, 2019
6-8 pm
Mayo Civic Center, Meeting Rooms 110-111

Tim Marx, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be our speaker. He has previous experience as a practicing lawyer, public official (city attorney and deputy mayor of Saint Paul and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency commissioner), nonprofit leadership (executive director of Breaking Ground in New York City), and significant civic involvement including current board service for Fairview Health Services, the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the National Alliance to End Homelessness (Vice Chair) and the United Way Systems Change and Innovations Committee. 

We will also ask our six sub-groups to provide a brief report of their work since our March meeting.

  Food Availability
Mental Health Support
Coordinated Entry Point
Online Portal
Warming Center

Finally, we will be seeking input and feedback on the proposed skyway/downtown ordinances being considered by the City Council. They include ordinances closing the skyways during certain times, restricting sitting/sleeping in the skyway, and/or restricting panhandling in the skyway or downtown area.   


On Saturday, June 8, 2019, the City Hall Domes will be lit orange for National Gun Violence Awareness Day, which falls on the first Friday in June. 

This day and the color orange are not only to raise awareness about gun violence, but to remember those that have been lost. Every day, hundreds of Americans are shot and killed or injured, and nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. 

Mayor Kim Norton states, “Lowering gun violence is critical in keeping our communities safe. By raising awareness and focusing on gun safety efforts, we can work together to make gun-related violence a thing of the past.”

For more information: 


Mayor Norton being interviewed on MPR's All Things Considered with Tom Crann on May 29, 2019.  



The Mayor’s Office is currently seeking applications from local citizens who are interested in volunteering to serve on City of Rochester Boards and Commissions. There are currently four openings:    

  • Citizens Advisory on Transit
  • Committee on Urban Design and Environment (CUDE)
  • Library Board
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Commission 

The minimum qualifications of an applicant includes that they must be 18 years of age or older, a Rochester resident, have a desire to serve the community in a volunteer capacity, and are willing to contribute the number of hours necessary.  The term limits vary depending on the Board or Commission. 

For more information and to submit an application.  

If you have any questions, please contact Michon Rogers, Executive Assistant in the Mayor’s Office at 507-328-2700 or at