District Mayor

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The heads of the city districts of various German cities are referred to as district mayors .


In Berlin , the district mayors are the full-time administrative heads of the district office at the head of the twelve districts . They are elected by the district assembly of the respective district for the duration of an electoral term that ends with the end of the electoral term of the House of Representatives .

In contrast to the election of the district councilors, the election of the district mayor is not subject to the principle of quota voting, but can also take place in accordance with the political majority.

The elections in the Berlin districts are generally linked to the election to the Berlin House of Representatives , the only exception being the 1990 election .

North Rhine-Westphalia

In North Rhine-Westphalia , since the amendment to Section 36 (2) of the municipal code for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the chairman of the district assembly can alternatively use the designation district mayor instead of the official title of district chairman , as is e.g. B. in Bielefeld , Dortmund , Düsseldorf , Essen , Cologne , Münster , Solingen or Wuppertal is practiced.

Lower Saxony

The chairman of the city ​​district council (otherwise local council), which is formed in some independent cities and towns, is also called the district mayor, otherwise the local mayor.


In Saarland, too, elected heads of relevant bodies in cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants can receive the title of district mayor. This currently (2019) only applies to Saarbrücken .

Web links

Wiktionary: District mayor  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Main statute of the city of Essen
  2. § 3 Paragraph 3 of the main statute of the city of Münster of December 21, 1995 in the version of the 21st amendment of September 20, 2018, on stadt-muenster.de, accessed on May 7, 2019
  3. ^ Website of the city of Hanover on the district council and district mayor
  4. In Saarland, Section 77, Paragraph 1 of the Municipal Self- Administration Act (KSVG) states : "In cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, 1. the municipal districts use the designation city districts, [...] 3. the local councilors use the designation district mayors or District Mayor. "