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In 2015
Mayor of Rotterdam, Netherlands (03/2015)
Mayor of Houston, USA, (02/2015)
Mayor of Pristina, Kosovo (01/2015)

In 2014
Mayor of Warsaw, Poland, (12/2014)
Governor of Tokyo, Japan, (11/2014)
Mayor of Wellington, New Zealand (10/2014)
Mayor of Sucre, Miranda, Venezuela (09/2014)
Mayor of Vienna, Austria (08/2014)
Mayor of Lampedusa, Italy (07/2014)
Mayor of Ghent, Belgium (06/2014)
Mayor of Montería, Colombia (05/2014)
Mayor of Liverpool, UK (04/2014)
Mayor of Pittsford Village, NY, USA (03/2014)
Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia (02/2014)
Mayor of Santiago, Chile (01/2014)

In 2013
Mayor of Soda, India (12/2013)
Mayor of Zaragoza (11/2013)
Mayor of Marseille (10/2013)
Mayor of Schwäbisch Gmünd (09/2013)
Mayor of Detroit (08/2013)
Mayor of Moore (07/2013)
Mayor of Mexico City (06/2013)
Mayor of Cape Town (05/2013)
Mayor of Lima (04/2013)
Mayor of Salerno (03/2013)
Governor of Jakarta (02/2013)
Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (01/2013)

In 2012
Mayor of Izmir (12/2012)
Mayor of San Antonio (11/2012)
Mayor of Thessaloniki (10/2012)
Mayor of London (09/2012)
Mayor of New York (08/2012)
Mayor of Bilbao (07/2012)
Mayor of Bogotá (06/2012)
Mayor of Perth (05/2012)
Mayor of Mazatlán (04/2012)
Mayor of Tel Aviv (03/2012)
Mayor of Surrey (02/2012)
Mayor of Osaka (01/2012)

In 2011
Mayor of Ljubljana (12/2011)

World Mayor 2014

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US Mayors
Researched and edited by Robert O’Connor
with contributions by Nick Swift

12 November 2014: There are 19,429 municipal governments in the United States. Many small towns use the council-manager system (most counties are run this way) and those that don’t, have a weak mayor-council system. Almost all large US cities have strong mayor systems. Towns with populations of 5,000 or less (varies between states) are not allowed to incorporate and are overseen by the county government.

| Forms of US local government | Mayors of the largest US cities |

Mayors, and the city council, are directly elected. The length of a term and the number of term limits are in the city charter, as is the day of election. Most mayoral elections take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November to coincide with Federal elections, which take place then (as per the US Constitution), but not all municipalities do this.

Forms of US local government
More than eighty per cent of American citizens now live in large cities, suburbs of cities, or towns. People’s needs – from police to sanitation, education to fire protection, housing and public transportation – are seen to, most directly, by city governments. There are, broadly speaking, three forms of it: the mayor-council form the commission form and the city or council-manager form.

In the mayor-council form, which is the oldest of the three, there is (not surprisingly) a mayor and a council consisting of a number of members, sometimes called aldermen. The structure is patterned on that of the state and federal governments. While the mayor is elected at large, the aldermen are sometimes elected, in other cases selected from wards or districts. The mayor is head of the executive branch, presiding over council meetings, appointing chiefs of departments, perhaps with the council’s approval, and is often the budgetary officer of the city. He can veto ordinances passed by the legislative branch, the council.

Two forms of mayor-council rule – the strong-mayor and the weak-mayor – have evolved, although they have the points already enumerated in common. The ‘strong mayor’ can appoint and remove heads of city departments few officials, in that scenario, are elected. He is the preparer of the budget, and has power of veto. Throughout the 1990s, the strong mayor-council form of city government was most popular in cities where the form of government has been decided by the state, and declined in popularity in home rule cities (already mentioned), where the citizens of the city have and exercise the right under state law to decide their form of municipal government.

Where the mayor is a significant policy maker, an administrator may be given responsibility for daily operations. The legislature, in general, adopts the budget and general policy positions, passes resolutions with legislation, and audits the government’s performance.

The mayor in the other kind of mayor-council city government, the ‘weak’ mayor, has more limited powers of appointment, removal and veto, and the elected officials and boards are more numerous. The council’s more extensive legal powers preclude his being a chief executive in any truly meaningful sense.

The commission form of city government in the United States combines, in one group of usually at least three, and often five or seven, officials, the executive and legislative dimensions. It is also, sometimes, called the Galveston Plan, after the town in Texas where it originated in 1901 (and which has since abandoned it). All members are elected, and each commissioner is responsible for at least one city department. One of them is the chairperson and may be called the mayor, but he or she has no extra powers. Historically the commission form is regarded as an important manifestation of the impulse in the direction of efficiency through employment of experts, but others have seen that tendency in a negative light – as a movement depriving those without any particular ‘expertise’ – the working class, in other words – of their influence.

It has also been seen as a stage in the development of the city manager or council-manager form of municipal government. Commissions whose members all have different interests but equal powers have a predictable predisposition to unresolved disagreement. Bringing in a business manager was, and has increasingly been (the commission plan has rarely been initiated since the First World War), seen as the solution. The city manager has most executive powers, including those pertaining to law enforcement and service provision. He carries out the decisions of the elected council, who decide on ordinances and policy, and he, again, produces the city budget. He is thus not elected, but hired, and has no term of office, continuing in his or her role while it meets with the requirements of the council.

Yet other forms of local government in the United States include the town meeting, the representative town meeting, the township, the borough and the village.

Town meetings are largely a phenomenon of New England states. As often as necessary, but at least once a year, a town’s registered voters meet, in open session, to elect officers, debate issues and pass laws. Practical issues such as taxes, budget and building and road construction and repair are decided. The board officers are called ‘selectmen’, board of supervisors, town council, or something similar.

The representative town meeting is very like the town meeting system, except that, while all citizens may attend meetings and take part in the debates, the right to vote belongs only to the (large) number chosen to be representatives.

In a township, there is usually a mayor and three, four or five committee members, who are elected, and who hold all legislative powers not held by the mayor. An administrator may be appointed to discharge executive functions.

A borough’s mayor and six members of council are elected, and the mayor only votes to break ties. The council is the legislature, and the mayor appoints officers. In a village, there is, usually, a board of trustees with five elected members, one of whom has mayoral powers.

Mayors of the largest US cities
(Readers are invited to supply information on additional US cities and mayors. Please insert ‘US mayors’ in the subject line of any emails.)

City, size*
& website
(Mr, Mrs)
Profile &
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Popl: 545,852
Mr. Richard Berry First: 2009 Re-elected: 2013
Next: 2017
Born 1962
Formerly in the New Mexico House of Representatives
Party: Republican
Arlington, Texas
Popl: 365,438
Dr. Robert Cluck First: 2003 Next: 2015 Born 1939
Obstetrician-Gynaecologist 1971-1994
Party: None
Atlanta, Georgia
Popl: 420,003
Mr. Kasim Reed First: 2009
Re-elected: 2013
Next: 2017
Born 1969
Georgia State Senate 2003-2009. Georgia House of Representatives 1999-2003
Party: Democrat
Austin, Texas
Popl: 790,390;
Mr. Lee Leffingwell First: 2009 Next: 2016 Born 1939
City council member 2005-2009. Former airline pilot
Party: Democrat
Baltimore, Maryland
Popl: 620,961;
Mrs. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Appointed 2010[1]
Re-elected Nov 2011
Next: 2015
Born 1970
City Council president 2007-2010. Public defender 1998-2006
Party: Democrat
Boston, Massachusetts
Popl: 617,594
Mr. Marty Walsh First: 2013 Next: 2017 Born 1967
Massachusetts House of Representatives 1997-2013
Party: Democrat
Charlotte, North Carolina
Popl: 731,424
Mr. Anthony Foxx First: 2009 Re-elected: Nov 2011
Next: 2015
Born 1971
City Council 2005-2009
Party: Democrat
Chicago, Illinois
Popl: 2,695,598
Mr. Rahm Emanuel First: 2011 Next: 2015 Born 1959
White House Chief of Staff, 2009-2010. US Congressman, Illinois 2003-2009
Party: Democrat
Cleveland, Ohio
Popl: 396,815;
Mr. Frank Jackson First: 2005
Re-elected in 2009 and 2013
Next: 2017
Born 1946
City Council 2001-2005
Party: Democrat
Colorado Springs Colorado
Popl: 416,427
Mr. Steve Bach First: 2011 Next: 2015 Born 1943
Served on the board of directors of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, University of Colorado foundation and many other organizations
Party: None
Columbus, Ohio
Popl: 787,033;
Mr. Michael Coleman First: 1999
Re-elected: Nov 2011
Next: 2015
Born 1954
City Council member 1992-1999, Council President from 1997
Party: Democrat
Dallas, Texas
Popl: 1,197,816
Mr. Mike Rawlings First: 2011 Next: 2015 Born 1955
Former CEO of Pizza Hut
Party: Democrat
Denver, Colorado
Popl: 600,158
Mr. Michael Hancock First: 2011 Next: 2015 Born 1969
City Council 2004-2011
Party: Democrat
Detroit, Michigan
Popl: 713,777
Mr. Mike Duggan First: 2013 Next: 2017 Born 1958
President, CEO of Detroit Medical Center 2004-2010. Deputy County Executive, Wayne County 1987-2001
Party: Democrat
El Paso, Texas
Popl: 649,121
Mr. Oscar Leeser First: 2013
Next: 2017
Businessman; President of the Hyundai El Paso car dealership since 2001
Fort Worth, Texas
Popl: 741,206
Mrs. Betsy Price First: 2011 Next: 2013 Born 1950
Tax assessor-collector for Tarrant County, 2001-2011
Party: Non-partisan
Fresno, California
Popl: 494,665
Mrs. Ashley Swearengin First: 2008
Re-elected in 2012
Next: 2016
Born 1972
Executive for California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, 2005-2008
Party: Republican
Houston, Texas
Popl: 2,099,451
Ms. Annise D. Parker First: 2009
Re-elected: Nov 2011 and 2013
Next: 2015
Born 1956
Houston controller 2004-2009. At-large member of city council 1998-2003
Party: Democrat
Indianapolis, Indiana
Popl: 820,445
Mr. Gregory Ballard First: 2007 Re-elected: Nov 2011
Next: 2015
Born 1954
Former member of the US Marine Corps. Leadership and management consultant
Party: Republican
Jacksonville, Florida
Popl: 821,784
Mr. Alvin Brown First: 2011 Next: 2015 Born 1963
Advisor to Housing and Urban Development Director Andrew Cuomo in the 1990s
Party: Democrat
Kansas City, Missouri
Popl: 459,787
Mr. Sly James First: 2011 Next: 2015 Born 1951
President of Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 2003
Party: Independent
Las Vegas, Nevada
Popl: 583,756;
Mrs. Carolyn Goodman First: 2010 Next: 2015 Born 1939
Founder, president of Meadows School. Wife of previous mayor Oscar Goodman
Party: Independent
Long Beach, California
Popl: 462,257
Mr. Robert Garcia First: 2014 Next: 2018 Born 1977
City Council 2009-2014
Party: Democrat
Los Angeles, California
Popl: 3,792,621
Mr. Eric Garcetti First: 2013. Next: 2017 Born 1971. City council 2001-2012. Council President 2006-2012.
Party: Democrat
Louisville, Kentucky
Popl: 597,337
Mr. Greg Fischer First: 2010 Next: 2018 Born 1958
Co-invented the SerVend ice/beverage dispenser. Co-founder of bCatalyst
Party: Democrat
Memphis, Tennessee
Popl: 646,889
Mr. A. C. Wharton Jr. First: 2009
Re-elected in 2011
Next: 2015
Born 1944
Mayor of Shelby County 2002-2009
Party: Democrat
Mesa, Arizona
Popl: 439,041
Mr. Scott Smith First: 2008
Re-elected in 2012
Next: 2016
Born 1956
Regional President for K. Hovnanian Homes 2003-2007
Party: Republican
Miami, Florida
Popl: 399,457
Mr. Tomas Regalado First: 2009
Re-elected: 2013
Next: 2017
Born 1947
City Commissioner 1997-2009
Party: Republican
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Popl: 594,833
Mr. Tom Barrett First: 2003 Next: 2016 Born 1953
US Congressman 1993-2003. Wisconsin State Senate 1989-1993
Party: Democrat
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Popl: 382,578
Ms. Betsy Hodges First: 2013 Next: 2017

Born 1969
City council 2005-2013
Party: Democratic-Farmer-Labor [2]

Nashville, Tennessee
Popl: 601,222;
Mr. Karl Dean First: 2007 Next: 2015 Born 1955
Nashville Director of Law 1999-2007
Party: Democrat
New Orelans, Louisiana
Popl: 370,000
Mr. Mitch Landrieu First: 2010
Re-elected: 2014
Next: 2018
Born 1960
Party: Democrat
New York City, New York
Popl: 8,175,133
Mr. Bill de Blasio First: 2013 Next: 2017 Born 1961
New York Public Advocate, 2009-2013. City Council 2001-2009.
Party: Democrat
Oakland, California
Popl: 390,724
Ms. Libby Schaaf First: 2014 Next: 2018 Born 1966
City Council 2011-2014. Public Affairs Director, Port of Oakland 2006-2010
Party: Democrat
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Popl: 579,999
Mr. Mick Cornett First: 2004 Re-elected: 2014
Next: 2018
Born 1959
City council 2001-2004
Party: Republican
Omaha, Nebraska
Popl: 408,958
Ms. Jean Stothert First: 2013 Next: 2015 Born: 1954
City Council 2009-2013. Millard Board of Education 1997-2009
Party: Republican
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Popl: 1,526,006
Mr. Michael Nutter First: 2006 Re-elected: Nov 2011
Next: 2015
Born 1957
City Council 1990-2006
Party: Democrat
Phoenix, Arizona
Popl: 1,445,632
Mr. Greg Stanton First: 2011 Next: 2015 Born 1968
City Council 2001-2009
Party: Democrat
Portland, Oregon
Popl: 583,776
Mr. Charlie Hales First: 2012 Next: 2016. Born 1956
City Commissioner 1993 - 2002
Party: Democrat
Raleigh, North Carolina
Popl: 403,892
Ms. Nancy McFarlane First: 2011 Next: 2016 Born 1950
City Council 1985-1989 and 1991-1995
Party: Democrat
Sacramento, California
Popl: 466,488
Mr. Kevin Johnson First: 2008 Re-electedt: 2012
Next: 2016
Born 1966
Former NBA player with Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns
Party: Democrat
San Antonio, Texas
Popl: 1,327,407
Mr. Julian Castro First: 2008 Next: 2015 Born 1974
City Council 2001-2005
Party: Democrat
San Diego, California
Popl: 1,307,40
Mr. Kevin Faulconer First: 2014
Next: 2018
Born 1967
Member of the city council from 2006 to 2014
Party: Republican
San Francisco, California
Popl: 805,235
Mr. Edwin Lee Appointed 2011
Elected: 2011
Next: 2015
Born 1952
City Administrator 2005-2011. Director of Public Works 2000-2005
Party: Democrat
San Jose, California
Popl: 945,942
Mr. Sam Liccardo First: 2014 Next: 2018 Born 1970
City Council 2007-2014
Party: Democrat
Seattle, Washington
Popl: 608,660
Mr. Ed Murray First: 2013 Next: 2017 Born 1961
New York Public Advocate, 2009-2013. City Council 2001-2009.
Party: Democrat
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Popl: 391,906
Mr. Dewey Bartlett Jr. First: 2009 Next: 2017 Born 1947
City Council 1990-1994. President of Keener Oil and Gas Company
Party: Republican
Tuscon, Arizona
Popl: 545,852
Mr. Jonathon Rothschild First: 2011. Next: 2015 Attorney, Adjunct Professor, University of Arizona
Party: Democrat
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Popl: 437,994
Mr. William Sessoms Jr. First: 2008 Next: 2016 Born 1954
City Council 1988-2002. Vice Mayor 1992-2002
Party: Republican
Washington, D. C.
Popl: 601,723
Ms. Muriel Bowser First: 2014 Next: 2018 Born 1972
City Council 2007-2015
Party: Democrat
Wichita, Kansas
Popl: 382,368
Mr. Carl Brewer First: 2007 Next: 2015 Born 1957
City Council 2001-2007
Party: Democrat

*All population figures come from the 2010 US Census.
[1] Assumed office on February 4, 2010 after Sheila Dixon resigned after being found guilty of embezzlement.
[2] The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is the official name of the state affiliation of the Democratic Party.
[3] Elected in 2001 and 2005 as a Republican. Switched to Independent on 19 June 2007.
[4] Assumed office 11 January 2011 after Gavin Newsom resigned to become Lieutenant Governor of California. Elected in November 2011.

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