Douglas Palmer

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Douglas Palmer
Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey
In office
July 1, 1990 – June 30, 2010
Preceded byCarmen J. Armenti
Succeeded byTony F. Mack
Personal details
Douglas Harold Palmer

(1951-10-19) October 19, 1951 (age 70)
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Christiana Foglio-Palmer
ChildrenLaila Rose (born 2002)
ResidenceTrenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materHampton University

Douglas Harold Palmer (born October 19, 1951) was the first African-American mayor of Trenton, New Jersey.


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 historically black college Hampton University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 1973. Doug is also a member of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship Incorporated. He took office as mayor of Trenton on July 1, 1990, having defeated former city council president and mayor Carmen Armenti.[1]

Palmer helped to initiate the Trenton Office of Policy Studies, now the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy,[2] 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,[3] and Elizabeth Johnson as Director of Recreation, Natural Resources, and Culture.

Palmer was a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition,[4] 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.


  1. ^ "Douglas Palmer". City Mayors. Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  2. ^ "John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy".
  3. ^ "Allan Mallach" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Coalition Members". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06.

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