List of mayors of Cincinnati
|Mayor of Cincinnati|
Seal of the City of Cincinnati
|Term length||Four years; may serve two consecutive terms; renewable once|
|Inaugural holder||David Ziegler|
|Succession||Vice Mayor of Cincinnati|
|Website||Office of the Mayor|
The mayor shall preside over all meetings of the Cincinnati City Council. The mayor may call a special meeting of the council, but (s)he may not have a vote in the council. (S)he has the power to propose legislation for debate among the council. The mayor shall appoint and may remove the vice-mayor and the chair of all committees of the council without the advice and consent of the council.
The mayor of Cincinnati shall be recognized as the official head and representative of the city for all purposes, except as provided otherwise in the city charter of Cincinnati. (S)he may appoint a city manager upon an affirmative vote of five members of the city council following the mayor's recommendation.
The mayor shall deliver an annual address to the council and citizens of the city reporting on the state of the city and making recommendations for the establishment and achievement of future city goals.
In time of public danger or emergency, the mayor, with the consent of the council, may take command of the police, maintain order and enforce the law.
In the event of the death, removal or resignation of the mayor, the Vice Mayor of Cincinnati shall succeed to the office of mayor in accordance with the city charter.
Prior to 1925 (and since 1999) the mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio was elected in a separate, partisan election.
In 1924, the Charter Party, a local third-party, was founded. It has elected members of the city council and mayors. Until 1961, many Democrats ran as Charterites. The party focuses exclusively on local government; thus, many Charterites switch to a major party when seeking office outside Cincinnati.
From 1925 through 1998, the mayor was chosen by the city council from among its nine members.
In 1971, a coalition of two parties, the Democrats and the Charterites, worked out a power-sharing plan, which, starting in 1973, resulted in a rotating mayorship. After a few years of rotation, they decided that the city council member who received the most votes in the election would automatically become mayor.
In 1999, Charlie Luken became the first mayor to take office under a restored system of direct mayoral election.
On November 4, 2013, John Cranley became the youngest mayor of Cincinnati at the age of 39 years.
Dorothy N. Dolbey was the first female mayor of the City of Cincinnati.
List of Mayors
|Dates||Name||Life Dates||Party||Elected By|
|1807||John S. Gano||public|
|1814||Samuel W. Davies||1776–1843||public|
|1819–1831||Isaac G. Burnet||1784–1856||public|
|1833–1843||Samuel W. Davies||1776–1843||public|
|1843–1851||Henry E. Spencer||1807–1882||public|
|1851–1853||Mark P. Taylor||Democratic||public|
|1853–1855||David T. Snelbaker||1804–1867||Democratic||public|
|1855–1857||James J. Faran||1808–1892||Democratic||public|
|1857–1859||Nicholas W. Thomas||1810–1864||Whig||public|
|1859–1861||Richard M. Bishop||1812–1893||Democratic||public|
|1863–1866||Leonard A. Harris||1824–1890||public|
|1866–1869||Charles F. Wilstach||1818–1882||public|
|1869–1871||John F. Torrence||1819–1883||public|
|1871–1873||S. S. Davis||1817–1896||Republican||public|
|1873–1877||George W. C. Johnston||1828–1879||Democratic||public|
|1877–1879||Robert M. Moore||1816–1880||Republican||public|
|1879–1881||Charles Jacob Jr.||1834–1913||public|
|1881–1883||William F. Means||Democratic||public|
|1883–1885||Thomas J. Stephens||1823–1892||Democratic||public|
|1885–1889||Amor Smith Jr.||1840–1915||Republican||public|
|1889–1894||John B. Mosby||1845–1928||Republican||public|
|1894–1897||John A. Caldwell||1852–1927||Republican||public|
|1906–1907||Edward J. Dempsey||1858–1929||Democratic||public|
|1912–1913||Henry Thomas Hunt||1879–1956||Democratic||public|
|1914–1915||Frederick S. Spiegel||1855–1925||Republican||public|
|1918–1921||John Galvin (2nd)||1862–1922||Republican||public|
|1938–1947||James G. Stewart||1880–1959||Republican||council|
|1947-1948||Carl W. Rich||1898–1972||Republican||council|
|1948–1951||Albert D. Cash||1897–1952||Charterite
|1951–1953||Carl W. Rich (2nd)||1898–1972||Republican||council|
|1953–1954||Edward N. Waldvogel||1894–1954||council|
|1954||Dorothy N. Dolbey||1908–1991||council|
|1954||Carl W. Rich (3rd)||1898–1972||Republican||council|
|1955–1957||Charles Phelps Taft II||1897–1983||Charterite
|1957–1960||Donald D. Clancy||1921–2007||Republican||council|
|1960–1967||Walton H. Bachrach||1904–1989||Republican||council|
|1967–1971||Eugene P. Ruehlmann||1925–2013||Republican||council|
|1971||Willis D. Gradison Jr.||1928–||Republican||council|
|1971–1972||Thomas A. Luken||1925–||Democratic||council|
|1972–1975||Theodore M. Berry||1905–2000||Charterite||council|
|1975–1976||Bobbie L. Sterne||1919–||Charterite||council|
|1976–1977||James T. Luken||1921–1979||Democratic||council|
|1978–1979||Bobbie L. Sterne (2nd)||1919-||Charterite||council|
|1979–1980||J. Kenneth Blackwell||1948–||Charterite
|1980–1982||David S. Mann||1939–||Democratic||council|
|1982–1983||Thomas B. Brush||1934-||Charterite||council|
|1983–1984||Arnold L. Bortz||Charterite||council|
|1984–1991||Charles J. Luken||1951–||Democratic||council|
|1991||David S. Mann (2nd)||1939–||Democratic||council|
|1999–2005||Charles J. Luken (2nd)||1951–||Democratic||public|
- Election Results, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio
- Election Results, City Council of Cincinnati, Ohio
- Timeline of Cincinnati
- Greve, Charles Theodore (1904). Centennial history of Cincinnati and representative citizens. 1. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company. p. 438.
- Goss, Charles Frederic (1912). Cincinnati, the Queen City, 1788–1912. 1. Cincinnati: S J Clarke Publishing Company. p. 96.