Herbert Schmalstieg

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Herbert Schmalstieg

Herbert Schmalstieg (born June 8, 1943 in Hanover ) was the Lord Mayor of the Lower Saxony state capital Hanover from 1972 to 2006 , and from 1972 to 1996 in honorary office . Herbert Schmalstieg was the youngest mayor of a major German city when he took office . He is also the mayor of a major German city who has been in office for the longest uninterrupted period. The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote about him on the occasion of the 1996 election results: "The SPD in Hanover did no good that former Mayor Schmalstieg knew every lamppost by its first name."


Herbert Schmalstieg completed an apprenticeship as a savings bank clerk at Stadtsparkasse Hannover , qualified as a savings bank economist and later became a department director at Stadtsparkasse Hannover. In an evening course at the Advertising Academy, he also graduated as an advertising assistant. He is married to Heidrun Merk and has two children.

Political career

Herbert Schmalstieg joined the SPD in 1960 and from 1961 to 1971 held various positions with the Young Socialists . Since 1966 he has been a board member of the SPD sub-district of Hannover-Stadt. From 1973 to 1981 he was deputy chairman, from 1981 to 1987 chairman of the SPD sub-district.

Herbert Schmalstieg had been a member of the Hanover City Council since 1968.

In the years 1986 to 1996 ( 11th electoral term , 12th electoral term and in the 13th electoral term until November 13th, 1996) Herbert Schmalstieg was a member of the Lower Saxony state parliament as an elected direct candidate for state constituency 34 ( Hanover List ).

Lord Mayor

Herbert Schmalstieg in 2005 with the chain of office of the Lord Mayor of Hanover
On May 1, 2012 with his successors Stephan Weil and Stefan Schostok

At the age of 28, he first took up the post of honorary mayor of the state capital of Hanover on January 26, 1972. When he was elected, Herbert Schmalstieg was the youngest mayor of a major German city. He essentially had representative tasks. After the change in local law in Lower Saxony , he was elected full-time mayor on September 29, 1996 in the first direct election.

Until then, in addition to the mayor, there was also the city ​​director , who acted as head of administration. According to the Lower Saxony municipal constitution, this was a civil servant who had to meet the entry requirements for higher service . With the amendment of the Lower Saxony municipal constitution, the citizens were given the opportunity to elect the head of administration themselves. This election officer is not bound by the requirements of the civil service law with regard to qualifications. In this change process, the title of mayor was also transferred to the head of administration. As Lord Mayor, Schmalstieg was “only” elected from among the council and thus chaired the council. Until 1996 he had mainly representative tasks.

Herbert Schmalstieg was involved in the Lower Saxony and German Association of Cities . From 1973 to 1982 he was chairman of the Lower Saxony Association of Cities, from 1974 to 1996 he was a member of the Presidium of the German Association of Cities and its President from 1986 to 1989. At the end of his presidency he was elected honorary member of the city council.

During his tenure in Hanover the extremely controversial Expo 2000 took place in the red-green city hall coalition . Thanks to this world exhibition, many projects, especially the expansion of Hanover’s infrastructure , could be implemented that otherwise would have been possible much later and under more difficult circumstances.

On September 9, 2001, he was confirmed in his office as Lord Mayor of the state capital Hanover for a further five years. Herbert Schmalstieg did not stand for the local elections in September 2006, his successor was his long-time city treasurer Stephan Weil , who was a candidate of the SPD. On Saturday, October 28, 2006, Herbert Schmalstieg was retired from his office with a ceremony. The term of office ended on October 31, 2006.

Herbert Schmalstieg is known as a “veteran” of Hanover due to his long tenure. He campaigned for the reform of the administration in order to create the shortest possible ways for the residents of Hanover to go to authorities. Through the administrative reform, the city administration was to be restructured into a modern and cost-efficient service company.

voluntary work

In 1968 he was a co-founder of the Hanoverian Club Voltaire .

Herbert Schmalstieg has been chairman of the Wilhelm Busch Society since 2007 .

Until January 2014 he was patron of the Marktkirche Hannover .

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Fonts (selection)

  • Jewish Heritage in Hanover - Message and Challenge , Hanover: Society for Christian-Jewish Cooperation, [1984]
  • Herbert Schmalstieg (eds.), Arno Brandt, Miriam Nolting (collaborators): Sustainable Hanover. Paths to the sustainable development of a metropolitan region , Hanover: Buchdruckwerkstätten Hanover, ISBN 3-89384-013-3 , [o. D., circa 1996]
  • Herbert Schmalstieg (eds.), Britta Grashorn (text), Rolf Nobel (collaborators.): Hanover - City in Motion , in the Edition Calenberg , Hanover: Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft, 2001, ISBN 3-87706-666-6 ; contents


Web links

Commons : Herbert Schmalstieg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.mydict.com/Wort/Shabenstieg/Page/2/}  ( Page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link / www.mydict.com  
  2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m curriculum vitae ( memento from March 1, 2008 in the Internet Archive ), published on the website of the city of Hanover, accessed on November 3, 2009
  3. "Herbert Grüßaugust Schmalstieg" in: Friday, 2000 , accessed on March 24, 2017
  4. City Conference 5/2013, p. 14
  5. ^ Klaus Mlynek: Student Protests. In: Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein (eds.) U. a .: City Lexicon Hanover . From the beginning to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 2009, ISBN 978-3-89993-662-9 , pp. 611f.
  6. ^ Hugo Thielen : Wilhelm Busch Society, in: Stadtlexikon Hannover , p. 678f.
  7. http://marktkirche-hannover.de/?page_id=172
  8. List of honorary doctorates awarded by the University of Bristol ( Memento of February 12, 2006 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on November 3, 2009
  9. Hannover mayor on prospects of Shanghai bid for 2010 World Expo ( Memento of the original from November 4, 2004 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Message dated September 3, 2002, accessed on November 3, 2009  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / news.xinhuanet.com
  10. Speech by the French ambassador, Claude Martin (pdf; 28 kB), on the occasion of the award of the insignia of a knight of the Legion of Honor to Herbert Schmalstieg Hanover, October 25, 2005, accessed on November 3, 2009
  11. ^ Die Landesmedaille , press release of the Lower Saxony State Chancellery of October 30, 2006, accessed on November 3, 2009
  12. Dr. hc Herbert Schmalstieg retired Lord Mayor D. the state capital Hanover
  13. List of honorary doctorates awarded by the UWE ( Memento from February 28, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  14. November 20, 2006 Awarded the "Aguila Azteca" medal to Dr. Ulrich von Jeinsen and retired Lord Mayor D. Herbert Schmalstieg ( Memento from January 15, 2012 in the Internet Archive ), report on the website of the Mexican Consulate in Hanover, accessed on November 3, 2009
  15. Statuetka Honorowego Hipolita dla wielkiego przyjaciela Poznania , Polish-language announcement from October 15, 2006, accessed on November 3, 2009
  16. ceremony in the Hodler Saal of Hannover City Hall ( Memento from 1 March 2008 at the Internet Archive ), press release of Hannover of 2 February 2007, accessed November 3, 2009
  17. ^ First gold fair medal for Herbert Schmalstieg , press release by Deutsche Messe AG of January 19, 2007, accessed on November 3, 2009
  18. Schmalstieg receives honor from Japan , report in: Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung of November 3, 2009, p. 15
  19. ^ A heart for Japan , report in: Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung of December 3, 2009, p. 20
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