Ingrid Siebeke

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Ingrid Siebeke (born May 4, 1924 in Essen-Rüttenscheid as Ingrid Magis ; † December 9, 2018 ) was a German politician ( CDU ). From 1975 to 1994 she was mayor of the district town of Mettmann .


Siebeke was born in Essen as the 10th child of the married couple Hans and Lilly Magis . After graduating from high school, she studied medicine ; first in Leipzig , from 1945 in Bonn , where she also met her future husband, the business lawyer Friedrich-Wilhelm Siebeke . She had six children and therefore only passed her state examination in 1956. She then worked as a doctor in a Bonn hospital.

Political career

In 1961 Siebeke joined the CDU and in 1964 was elected to the council of the then still independent municipality of Metzkausen . On May 23, 1975 she became mayor of the neighboring town of Mettmann.

One of their first challenges was the regional reform in North Rhine-Westphalia , which went hand in hand with significant changes in local authorities - including a complete reorganization of the Mettmann district . Metzkausen was also incorporated into Mettmann.

Siebeke was also committed to town twinning with the French Laval and the Osjorsk district (then the Soviet Union, now Russia).

In 1993 she triggered a small local political scandal with the "iron affair" when she brought an iron as a gift to the opening of a women's refuge and pointed out that this was suitable for ironing the husbands' shirts and also for resolving disputes which many observers found inappropriate. Siebeke justified her statements by saying that she had been misunderstood and stayed in office.

In 1994 she did not stand for re-election as mayor.

Siebeke was the holder of the Federal Cross of Merit on ribbon and honorary mayor of the city of Mettmann.

She died on December 9, 2018 after a long illness at the age of 94.