Department Board of Commissioners
Commissioner McDonough was born and raised on the East Side of Saint Paul and continues to live there today. Being a lifelong resident has given Jim a unique understanding of the qualities that his neighborhood embodies, including a strong dedication to community and the importance of building relationships. Jim brings "East Side Pride" to all of the boards and committees he serves on.
Jim served as Chair of the Board of Commissioners from 2014 to 2016. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Regional Rail Authority beginning in 2008 and worked tirelessly to bring more efficient and accessible transit to Ramsey County. He's been instrumental in re-establishing the Union Depot not only as a multi-modal transportation hub, but also as a Ramsey County historical landmark. He is recognized as a national leader in the area of transit and continues to advocate on a local, state and national level for support and revenue for projects within Ramsey County.
Jim is also dedicated to the prevention of sexual violence in our communities. He first became aware of the seriousness of this issue after attending a presentation in 2007 by a renowned sexual violence prevention consultant. He encouraged all Ramsey County departments to assess their role in sexual violence prevention and, in his capacity as President of the Association of Minnesota Counties at that time, urged all 87 Minnesota Counties to assess their roles as well. In 2008, he was presented with an AWARE Award from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault for "his outstanding dedication to raising awareness about sexual violence." He continues to give voice to these silent victims today.
In his tenure as Commissioner, Jim has served on a variety of committees that include everything from youth services to mental health to supporting our aging population.
He and his wife, Carol, have four grown children and are proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
Serving citizens in the following communities:
Saint Paul neighborhoods of Upper East Side, Payne-Phalen and Conway-Battle Creek.