Joachim Erwin

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Joachim Erwin
Joachim Erwin 2007 Presseamt Duesseldorf.JPG
Mayor of Düsseldorf
In office
12 September 1999 – 20 May 2008 (his death)
Preceded by Marie-Luise Smeets
Succeeded by Dirk Elbers
Personal details
Born (1949-09-02)2 September 1949
Stadtroda, Germany
Died 20 May 2008 (2008-05-21) (aged 58)
Düsseldorf, Germany
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Alma mater Ruhr University Bochum

Joachim Erwin (2 September 1949 – 20 May 2008) was a German politician and the Mayor of Düsseldorf from 1999 until his death in 2008.[1] He was born in Stadtroda, Thuringia, Germany.

Erwin was a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).[1] Erwin was married with Hille Erwin and had two children.

Erwin was elected Mayor of Düsseldorf in 1999.[1] He was credited with helping the city of Düsseldorf get rid of its pressing debts by selling off certain assets, such as its stake in the RWE AG utility during his tenure in office.[1] He also successfully led the effort to cut spending from Düsseldorf's budget.[1] (The city of Düsseldorf is currently populated by approximately 577,000 people and serves as headquarters to several major companies, including E.ON AG and Metro AG, which is Germany's largest retailer.[1]

Joachim Erwin died on 20 May 2008 of colorectal cancer in Düsseldorf at the age of 58.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Elfes, Holger (2008-05-20). "Dusseldorf Mayor Joachim Erwin, 58, Dies After Long Illness". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 2008-05-21.