|Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey|
July 1, 1990 – June 30, 2010
|Preceded by||Carmen Armenti|
|Succeeded by||Tony F. Mack|
Douglas Harold Palmer
October 19, 1951
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
|Children||Laila Rose (born 2002)|
|Residence||Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Hampton University|
Palmer was born in Trenton and attended Trenton public schools. He then graduated from the Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Virginia's private black college Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1973. He took office as mayor of Trenton on July 1, 1990, having defeated former city council president and mayor Carmen Armenti.
Palmer helped to initiate the Trenton Office of Policy Studies, now the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy, at Thomas Edison State University a unique think tank representing a partnership among the Mayor's Office, the University, and foundations to provide high quality focused research to the administration of a small city.
Palmer assembled a talented cabinet, including William Bill Watson as Chief of Staff, Alan Mallach as Director of Housing and Urban Development, and Elizabeth Johnson as Director of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture.
Palmer was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a bipartisan group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Palmer announced at a press conference December 7, 2009, that he would not seek a sixth term as mayor of Trenton.
- Official page on Trenton city website
- CityMayors profile
- John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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