List of mayors of Palermo

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Mayor of Palermo
Sindaco di Palermo
Palermo-Stemma.png
Leoluca Orlando DAV 2008 3.jpg
Incumbent
Leoluca Orlando (IdV)

since 22 May 2012
Residence Palazzo Pretorio
Appointer Popular election
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Salesio Balsano
Formation July 1861
Succession May 2017
Salary €121,188
Website Official website

The Mayor of Palermo is an elected politician who, along with the Palermo’s City Council, is accountable for the strategic government of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. The current Mayor is Leoluca Orlando from Italy of Values, who took office on 22 May 2012.[1]

Overview[edit]

Palermo's City Hall

According to the Italian Constitution, the Mayor of Palermo is member of the Palermo's City Council.

The Mayor is elected by the population of Palermo. Citizens elect also the members of the City Council, which also controls Mayor's policy guidelines and is able to enforce his resignation by a motion of no confidence. The Mayor is entitled to appoint and release the members of his government.

Since 1993 the Mayor is elected directly by Palermo's electorate: in all mayoral elections in Italy in cities with a population higher than 15,000 the voters express a direct choice for the mayor or an indirect choice voting for the party of the candidate's coalition. If no candidate receives at least 50% of votes, the top two candidates go to a second round after two weeks. The election of the City Council is based on a direct choice for the candidate with a preference vote: the candidate with the majority of the preferences is elected. The number of the seats for each party is determined proportionally.

Kingdom of Italy (1860-1946)[edit]

Mayors[edit]

In 1860, the nascent Kingdom of Italy created the office of the Mayor of Palermo (Italian: Sindaco di Palermo), chosen by the city council.

  • 1861-1862, Salesio Balsamo
  • 1862-1863, Mariano Stabile
  • 1863-1866, Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì
  • 1866-1873, Salesio Balsano
  • 1873-1876, Emanuale Notarbartolo
  • 1876-1878, Francesco Paolo Perez
  • 1878-1880, Giovanni Raffaele
  • 1880-1881, Salesio Balsano
  • 1881-1882, Nicolò Turrisi Colonna
  • 1882-1885, Piero Ugo Delle Fave
  • 1885, Salvatore Romano Lo Faso
  • 1885, Fortunato Vergara di Fraco
  • 1885-1886, Giulio Benso Sammartino Duca della Verdura
  • 1886-1887, Nicolò Turrisi Colonna
  • 1887-1890, Giulio Benso Sammartino Duca della Verdura
  • 1890-1892, Emanuele Paternò
  • 1892-1893, Piero Ugo Delle Fave
  • 1893-1895, Eugenio Olivieri
  • 1895-1897, Angelo Pantaleone
  • 1897-1898, Michele Amato Pojero
  • 1898-1900, Eugenio Olivieri
  • 1900, Maria Rebucci
  • 1900-1901, Paolo Beccadelli di Camporeale
  • 1901-1902, Pietro Vayrat
  • 1902-1903, Giuseppe Tasca Lanza
  • 1903-1905, Pietro Buonanno
  • 1905-1906, Girolamo di Martino
  • 1906-1907, Giuseppe Tasca Lanza
  • 1907-1908, Pietro Francesco Tesauro
  • 1908-1909, Gennauro Bladier
  • 1909-1910, Romualdo Trigona di Sant'Elia
  • 1910-1911, Francesco Gay
  • 1911-1912, Girolamo di Martino
  • 1912-1914, Vincenzo di Salvo
  • 1914-1920, Salvatore Tagliavia
  • 1920-1924, Giuseppe Lanza di Scalea
  • 1924-1925, Salvatore Del Sano
  • 1925-1926, Salvatore Di Marzo

Fascist Podestà[edit]

The Fascist dictatorship abolished mayors and City councils in 1926, replacing them with an authoritarian Podestà chosen by the National Fascist Party:

  • 1926-1929, Salvatore Di Marzo
  • 1929-1933, Michele Spadafora
  • 1933-1934, prefectural dictator Giuseppe Borrelli
  • 1934-1939, Giuseppe Noto
  • 1939-1943, Giuseppe Sofia

Republic of Italy (1946-present)[edit]

From 1946 to 1993, the Mayor of Palermo was chosen by the City council.

  Mayor Term start Term end Party Coalition
1 Gennaro Patricolo November 1946 March 1948 Common Man's Front UQ - PLI
2 Guido Avolio March 1948 November 1948 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
3 Gaspare Causenza November 1948 April 1951 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
(2) Guido Avolio April 1951 January 1952 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
4 Gioacchino Scaduto January 1952 April 1956 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
5 Luciano Maugeri April 1956 May 1958 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
6 Salvatore Lima May 1958 January 1963 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
7 Francesco Saverio Diliberto January 1963 July 1964 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
8 Paolo Bevilacqua July 1964 January 1965 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
(6) Salvatore Lima January 1965 July 1966 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
(8) Paolo Bevilacqua July 1966 November 1970 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
9 Vito Ciancimino November 1970 April 1971 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
10 Giacomo Marchello April 1971 January 1976 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
11 Carmelo Scoma January 1976 November 1978 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
12 Salvatore Mantione November 1978 July 1980 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
13 Nello Martellucci July 1980 April 1983 Christian Democracy DC - PRI - PLI
14 Elda Pucci April 1983 July 1985 Christian Democracy DC - PSI - PRI - PLI
15 Leoluca Orlando July 1985 August 1990 Christian Democracy DC - PSI - PRI - PLI
16 Domenico Lo Vasto August 1990 June 1992 Christian Democracy DC - PSI - PRI - PLI
17 Aldo Rizzo June 1992 December 1992 Independent Left PDS - SI
18 Manlio Orobello December 1992 April 1993 Italian Socialist Party DC - PSI - PRI - PLI

Since 1993, under provisions of new local administration law, the Mayor of Palermo is chosen by popular election, originally every four, and later every five years.


Mayor of Palermo Took office Left office Party Coalition
19 Leoluca Orlando DAV 2008 3.jpg Leoluca Orlando 22 November 1993 4 December 2000[2] The Network PDS - PRC - LR - Greens
22 November 1993 – 30 November 1997
PDS - PRC - LR - Greens
30 November 1997 – 4 December 2000
20 Palermo-Stemma.png Diego Cammarata 26 November 2001 19 January 2012[3] Forza Italia then
The People of Freedom
House of Freedoms
26 November 2001 – 14 May 2007
House of Freedoms
14 May 2007 – 19 January 2012
(19) Leoluca Orlando DAV 2008 3.jpg Leoluca Orlando 22 May 2012 Incumbent Italy of Values IdV - FdS
since 22 May 2012

Elections[edit]

Mayoral and Council election, 2012[edit]

Palermo Mayoral Election Results 2012
Name Party 1st Round
(6 May)
 % 2nd Round
(21 May)
 %
Leoluca Orlando Italy of Values (IdV) 105,286 47.4 158,010 72.4
Fabrizio Ferrandelli Democratic Party (PD) 38,498 17.3 60,139 27.6
Vincenzo Costa People of Freedom (PdL) 28,000 12.6
Alessandro Aricò Movement for the Autonomies (MpA) 19,350 8.7
Palermo City Council Election 2012 - Parties
Coalition votes  % seats Party votes  % seats
Left (Orlando) 41,442 20.1 30+1 Italy of Values-Federation of the Left
Independents (1)
28,312
13,130
15.4
4.7
30
-
Center-right (Costa) 70,400 36.7 9 People of Freedom
Union of the Centre
Great South
Independents (1)
23,058
21,166
17,135
9,041
12.6
11.5
9.3
3.3
4
3
2
-
Center-left (Ferrandelli) 51,174 25.5 6 Democratic Party
Left Ecology Freedom
Independents (2)
21,406
6,129
23,639
11.7
2.2
11.3
4
-
2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sindaci e commissari dal 1861 a oggi". Comune di Palermo. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Resigned.
  3. ^ Resigned.