Neil O'Leary

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Neil O'Leary
Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut
Assumed office
December 1, 2011
Preceded by Michael Jarjura
Personal details
Born Waterbury, Connecticut
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party
Alma mater Dean College
University of New Haven
Occupation Politician
Website Office of the Mayor

Neil O'Leary is the mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education[edit]

Neil O'Leary was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. He earned an associate degree from Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts.[1] From 1978-80, he attended Northeastern University, but left to join the Waterbury's police department. He later earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of New Haven in 1983.[3]


Chief of police[edit]

In 1980, O'Leary joined the Waterbury Police Department. In 2004, he became Waterbury Chief of Police. In the summer of 2009, O'Leary left his position in Waterbury to become the chief of police of Wolcott, Connecticut.[1]

Mayor of Waterbury[edit]

In 2011, O'Leary stepped down as Wolcott Chief of Police to run for mayor of Waterbury. The mayoral elections were held on November 8, 2011, and O'Leary won with 45.97% of the votes, beating former mayor of Waterbury, Michael Jarjura. The election turnout was estimated at 30.92%.

Waterbury, Connecticut mayoral election, 2011
Candidate Votes %
Neil O'Leary 7,648 45.97
Michael Jarjura 5,881 35.35
Lawrence De Pillo 3,107 18.68
Source: City of Waterbury Town Clerk[4]

2013 Election On November 5, 2013 O'Leary was re-elected for a second term, defeating Board of Education Commissioner Jason Van Stone and perennial Independent Party Candidate Larry De Pillo. The turnout for the election was 23%.[4]

Waterbury, Connecticut mayoral election, 2013
Candidate Votes %
Neil O'Leary 8,323 66
Jason Van Stone 2,428 19
Lawrence De Pillo 1,811 14
Source: City of Waterbury Town Clerk [5]


  1. ^ a b c "Office of the Mayor - City of Waterbury, CT". City of Waterbury, Connecticut. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Neil O'Leary Plays The Palace". The Waterbury Observer. December 3, 2011. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Neil O'Leary profile". Jane Doe No More, Inc. Archived from the original on June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b 2013 Waterbury mayoral election turnout statistics,; accessed May 5, 2014.
  5. ^ City of Waterbury Town Clerk; accessed May 5, 2014.
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Jarjura
Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut