Mayor of Austin

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Mayor of Austin
Steve Adler.jpg
Steve Adler

since January 6, 2015
Term length Three years
renewable once
Inaugural holder Edwin Waller
Formation 1840
Salary $82,387[1]
Website Office of the Mayor

The Mayor of the City of Austin is the official head of the city of Austin in the U.S. state of Texas. The office was established in 1840 after Austin incorporated as a city in 1839. The mayor of Austin is elected by universal suffrage by the citizens of Austin to a three-year term and limited to serving no more than two terms.

Duties and powers[edit]

Austin has a council–manager form of government which means day-to-day operations of the city are run by the city manager. The mayor is the head of city government ceremonially. The mayor is technically a member of the city council and is required to preside at all meetings. The mayor is also allowed to vote on all matters that come before the city council, but has no veto powers.[2]

As of fiscal year 2014–15, the salary for the mayor is set at $82,387.


The mayor is elected in a citywide election. Elections occur every four years during even-numbered years. Elections are non-partisan and by majority, but if no candidate receives a majority a run-off election is called between the top two candidates who received the most votes.[3]


Per city code of ordinances, if the mayor is absent or disabled, the Mayor Pro Tem is to act as mayor until the mayor returns or an election is held to fill the vacancy.[4]

The mayor is subject to recall by registered voters if a petition is signed and filed that contains the signatures of 10 percent of the qualified voters. If the petition is verified, a recall election is called at the earliest convenient available date. If the recall passes, the mayor immediately vacates office. There are two limitations to the recall process. First, no recall petition can be filed until the mayor has been in office for at least six months. Second, the mayor will not be subject to more than one recall.[5]


Years of service Mayor
1840 Edwin Waller
1840–41 Thomas William Ward
1841 Moses Johnson
1842–43 Asa Brigham
1843–44 J. W. Robertson
1845–46 James M. Long
1847 Jacob M. Harrell
1850–51 S. G. Haynie
1852 George J. Durham
1853 Thomas William Ward
1853 W. P. DeNormandie
1854 John S. Ford
1855 J. T. Cleveland
1856 E. R. Peck
1857 Thomas E. Sneed
1858–59 B. F. Carter
1860–62 James W. Smith
1863–64 S. G. Haynie
1865 Thomas William Ward
1866–67 William Carr
1867–71 Leander Brown
1871–72 John Glenn
1873–77 Thomas Benton Wheeler
1877–1880 Jacob Carl DeGress
1880–81 L. M. Crocker
1881–84 W. A. Saylor
1884–87 J. W. Robertson
1888–89 Joseph Nalle
1890–95 John McDonald
1896–97 Louis Hancock
1898–1901 John Dodd McCall
1901–05 R. E. White
1905–07 W. D. Shelley
1907–09 F. M. Maddox
1909–19 Alexander Penn Wooldridge
1919–26 W. D. Yett
1926–33 P. W. McFadden
1933–49 Tom Miller
1949–51 Taylor Glass
1951–53 W. S. Drake
1953–55 Charles A. McAden
1955–61 Tom Miller
1961–67 Lester Palmer
1967–69 Harry Akin
1969–71 Travis L. LaRue
1971–75 Roy Butler
1975–77 Jeffrey Friedman
1977–83 Carole Keeton Rylander
1983–85 Ron Mullen
1985–88 Frank C. Cooksey
1988–91 Lee Cooke
1991–97 Bruce Todd
May 1997 – November 9, 2001 Kirk Watson
November 9, 2001 – June 16, 2003 Gustavo L. "Gus" Garcia
June 16, 2003 – June 22, 2009 Will Wynn
June 22, 2009 – January 2015 Lee Leffingwell
January 2015 – present Steve Adler



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